+290 unemployed medical interns and 167 community services doctors await mandatory placement for the midyear allocation cycle. They were expected to start working from the 1st of July 2021. Allocations are still not released and the NDoH has consulted with National Treasury and provinces to find funding. On the 30th of June an update was given indicating that the Department will respond on the 9th on July. 180+ doctors remain unemployed.
A letter of demand sent by Mabuza Attorneys, on behalf of 465 doctors, gives a timeline for how long doctors have been waiting for placements.It also indicated that the placement of medical interns had caused severe prejudice in that they are, ''unable to look after themselves and their families, and they are also unable to service their student debts/loan".
The Nelson Mandela Fidel Castro Medical Training program of the late Nelson Mandela and Fidel Castro is going to address the Shortage of medical doctors especially in under served communities,and the implementation of preventative.
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