‘Job­less doc­tors must come for­ward’

The New Age (KwaZulu-Natal) - - News - LERATO DIALE AND MASEGO TIRO AND MPHO KOBELI prov­inces@the­newage.co.za

HEALTH Min­is­ter Aaron Mot­soaledi has chal­lenged any doc­tor who claimed to be un­em­ployed to come for­ward and said such a medic would im­me­di­ately be placed.

Mot­soaledi was re­spond­ing af­ter me­dia re­ports which quoted var­i­ous lists cir­cu­lat­ing with names of doc­tors and in­terns who were un­em­ployed.

Mot­soaledi lam­basted the claims and said they were in­tended to put his depart­ment un­der pressure.

“The ex­tent to which peo­ple are even able to lie with straight faces in an at­tempt to put the depart­ment un­der in­tense pressure through in­ces­sant me­dia scru­tiny just to get what they want is ac­tu­ally un­prece­dented,” he said.

Mot­soaledi said he had been sup­plied with many lists of un­em­ployed doc­tors and that most of the names on the lists had de­clined place­ments, oth­ers had not yet qual­i­fied and oth­ers had al­ready been placed.

This is af­ter a group of in­terns who claim to have not been placed wrote a let­ter to the World Health Or­gan­i­sa­tion and the UN.

Re­gard­ing a list of for­eign stu­dents who are un­em­ployed, he said that some South­ern African De­vel­op­ment Com­mu­nity coun­tries had re­quested their na­tion­als to re­turn home im­me­di­ately fol­low­ing the com­ple­tion of their stud­ies as they are needed by their health min­is­ters.

Mot­soaledi dared any doc­tor who claimed to be un­em­ployed to come for- ward as there were 141 posts in Lim­popo and 67 in the Free State.

Mot­soaledi said the pri­or­ity was to place South African in­terns first as the coun­try did not have ca­pac­ity to of­fer jobs to ev­ery in­ter­na­tional stu­dent.

Mot­soaledi also hit out at what he called the rub­bish­ing of the Col­leges of Medicine of South Africa dur­ing an SABC TV pro­gramme on Mon­day.

This af­ter the CMSA was ac­cused of be­ing racist and un­trans­formed by dis­grun­tled stu­dents.

“To see the col­lege be­ing trashed the way it was on TV on Mon­day will even shame the devil him­self. We can­not en­cour­age medi­ocrity in our med­i­cal train­ing and to hide medi­ocrity un­der the ban­ner of racism is not go­ing to help. Trans­for­ma­tion and medi­ocrity are not the same thing,” he said.

Mot­soaledi said he did not un­der­stand the at­tacks on the CMS and said it was one of the cen­tres of ex­cel­lence en­vied by many.

He de­scribed the com­plaints of the doc­tors as dark­ness at­tack­ing light.

He praised the president of CMS, pro­fes­sor Mike Sathekge, and said he was a much sought af­ter pro­fes­sional in the coun­try.

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IN­TENSE PRESSURE: Health Min­is­ter Dr Aaron Mot­soaledi called on all un­em­ployed doc­tors to come for­ward so they can be placed in jobs.

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