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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.

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