Documentary about the gruelling conditions of junior doctors lives in SA

Following the death of a junior Paarl doctor, who is believed to have fallen asleep at the wheel of her car after a long hospital shift, the issue of the long working hours has made news.

Recently the Western Cape Health Department has decided to cut the shifts down.

Francois Wahl, a chartered accountant with a passion for filmmaking, directed and produced the much anticipated film, called “Doc-U-Mentally – last doctors standing”, which he believes is an apt title since, “junior doctors must be insane to work under the conditions they do,” he says.

The movie, which is set mainly at Ngwelezane Hospital in Empangeni in KwaZulu-Natal

He says his wife is a doctor, as well as other family members, and he has seen first hand what these long hours do to them.

The KZN Health Department gave him full access to five junior doctors full 30 hour shifts, and it has enabled him to tell their story honestly and with no frills.

The new film which documents the crazy hours junior doctors have to work in South Africa is set to be released this September, and will give the public a glimpse into the gruelling pressures our more than 5 000 junior doctors have to face every day.

Francois Wahl, a chartered accountant with a passion for filmmaking, directed and produced the much anticipated film, called “Doc-U-Mentally – last doctors standing”, which he believes is an apt title since, “junior doctors must be insane to work under the conditions they do,” he says.

Listen to the interview below:


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