About 26 newly qualified doctors in the Western Cape are still waiting to be placed three months after graduation.
John Maytham spoke to Dr Bianca Amansure who is currently frustrated by the fact that she is unemployed after six years of studying medicine.
Explaining her situation to John, Amansure said that her personal circumstances prohibit her from taking positions outside of Cape Town.
Listen to the full conversation below:
Dr. Zahid Badroodien, Chairperson of the Western Cape Junior Doctors Association says that the Health Department need to take into account reasons given by these junior doctors for not wanting to work far from home.
As the Junior Doctors Association we are not saying there are no posts in the rest of the country, we are aware that there are other posts. What we are saying is that the Department takes these individuals cases reassess them and place them within the environment or areas where there are more amenable to accept employment— Dr. Zahid Badroodien, Chairperson of the Western Cape Junior Doctors Association
According to Joe Maila, spokesperson to Minister Aaron Motsoaledi’s, these 26 doctors chose not to work at all if they couldn’t be placed in the Western Cape.