Bitter Medicine

Bitter Medicine

Abused medical interns desperate for decent employment prescription. By Chris Bateman

The Constitutional Court challenge to the Minister of Health and the Health Professions Council (HPCSA) by a young Community Service (ComServe) doctor-conscript, outraged by his “slave-like” working conditions, including excessive overtime and arbitrary postings, has sparked a storm among doctors.

Miguel Desroches, a Wits-educated and former Tygerberg Hospital medical intern complained to the Constitutional Court about dysfunctional provincial administrations and dismal working conditions – a combination said to contribute to a downward spiral resulting in 70% of new doctors exiting the critically overburdened public sector.

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Submitted by : Jay Hooghuis of Lynnwood Ridge on 2014-03-01 15:48:43
Every employer in SA is expected to follow the basic conditions of employment act, why does the department of health believe it's excluded from this? Medical interns should launch a class action in the high court and drag the doh to the ccma, to get this nonsense stopped...
Submitted by : Susan Reid of Cape Town on 2014-02-28 23:20:19
Have personally seen a priveleged young intern at UCT, from outside South Africa, misdiagnosing while others have been excluded. Can elucidate, but don't have names, unfortunately. Can give date & where.
Submitted by : Grant Turnbull of Johannesburg on 2014-02-27 15:29:12
As a father of a doctor working for the Eastern Cape Health Dept. where her entire identity and personel file was stolen from the personel department (it was featured on Carte Blanche) and sold to various fraudsters - I can agree that the government needs to clean up their act. Nothing was done about it and they still have problems with these incidents.

But then this is Africa and we cant expect government officials to do their job. They are just there for the salary - not the work.
Submitted by : Nicolette Erasmus of Johannesburg on 2014-02-26 18:08:41
Thank you Noseweek for ventilating this important issue. Excellent article, Chris Bateman


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