SAISHRIEN RASEN (28)
This Durban-born doctor worked in the surgery unit of the hospital in the doccie and described the satisfaction of treating patients and “watching them get better, knowing how integral you were in every step of the way”.
Where are you working now?
At the emergency unit of Netcare Olivedale Hospital in Randburg.
Has your working life changed since Doc-U-mentally?
Yes, quite a bit. I’ve moved into private practice and there’s a major shift from surgery to emergency medicine. Making the change hasn’t been easy but the skills that come with it are priceless.
What could the public do to make your job easier?
Show a little more empathy with doctors and try to remember we have serious emotional and physical demands.
What could government do to make your jobs easier?
The time-old issue of demand and supply needs to be addressed. Either more training institutes need to be funded or more hospitals need to be built.
Is there hope for the public health sector?
If the same commitment to excellence I’ve seen among my colleagues is upheld by future doctors, I see no reason why there can’t be hope. But a lot needs to be done to improve working conditions and hours.