'Locally-trained doctors get jobs over South Africans who qualified overseas'

A group of about 23 doctors is claiming that the Health Department refuses to place them for an internship programme within the country.

These doctors say that they underwent all the necessary processes and tests but still remain unplaced.

The president of HPCSA and Medical and Dental Board chair, Dr Kgosi Letlape says this happens every year when doctors who train outside of South Africa want to return and do their internship in the country.

He says the challenge is there is no space for these students in South Africa. Priority is given to doctors who have trained in the country.

The challenge is insufficient space in the training facilities, which is the same challenge why they could not get into medical schools in the country before they left.

Dr Kgosi Letlape, President - HPCSA

The reality is that we do not have enough funded training posts and we plan for the people who trained in the country. The priority is to ensure that everybody who trained in the country is placed.

Dr Kgosi Letlape, President - HPCSA

We always advise people that when you go and study elsewhere just ensure that you come back as a person with credentials from the country of study, which would mean that you are a qualified doctor. When you are here and you want to do an internship, there's always been pressure.

Dr Kgosi Letlape, President - HPCSA

To hear the rest of the conversation with Dr Kgosi Letlape, listen below:


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