150 medical students unable to secure internships at government hospitals

On Thursday, EWN reported that around 150 newly qualified doctors are not able to practice in South Africa because they haven’t been able to secure internships at government hospitals.

Speaking on The Midday Report with Stephen Grootes, Dr Khanani Mathonsi, Chairperson of The Junior Doctors' Association of South Africa (Judasa) says it is rather unfortunate that things have turned out this way.

It is very discouraging for people who go to medical school and then are later unable to complete their training because they're unable to attain internships.

Dr Khanani Mathonsi, Chairperson of The Junior Doctors' Association of South Africa (JUDASA)

Dr. Mathonsi says this is a departmental created problem because they know the output of every university.

Listen to the audio below for the full interview:

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