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