Abun­dance of posts for doc­tors, says Mot­soaledi

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THERE are more than 100 posts for med­i­cal doc­tors in the pub­lic sec­tor, Health Min­is­ter Aaron Mot­soaledi said yes­ter­day.

This is de­spite re­ports of nu­mer­ous health prac­ti­tion­ers who have com­pleted in­tern­ships and com­mu­nity ser­vice still seek­ing jobs. “This cat­e­gory (doc­tors past their com­mu­nity ser­vice phase) has caused a lot of con­fu­sion in the me­dia and the pub­lic. There is mis­con­cep­tion that the state has a statu­tory obli­ga­tion to them, like in­terns and com­mu­nity ser­vice,” Mot­soaledi told re­porters in Pre­to­ria.

He said after com­plet­ing com­mu­nity ser­vice, doc­tors have var­i­ous op­tions. They can re­turn to univer­sity to spe­cialise, ven­ture into pri­vate prac­tice or en­ter the pri­vate health in­dus­try, for ex­am­ple, work­ing for med­i­cal aid schemes and phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal com­pa­nies. Oth­ers leave the coun­try.

“When they do all these, they have no obli­ga­tion to in­form the Depart­ment of Health, so (the depart­ment) has no way of know­ing them or their num­bers. How­ever, if they wish to re­main in the pub­lic sec­tor, we have at least 147 posts avail­able for them.

“So the 135 doc­tors quoted in the me­dia who are said to be without jobs may con­tact us be­cause we don’t know them. We can ad­vise them of the avail­able posts. It is up to them to choose from among these, but they can’t claim to be un­em­ployed.”

Mot­soaledi said since the be­gin­ning of the year, his depart­ment has been in­un­dated with me­dia queries about doc­tors and phar­ma­cists who could not get em­ploy­ment in the pub­lic ser­vice be­cause the govern­ment al­legedly failed to place them in posts, or failed to cre­ate the posts.

He said the other cat­e­gory of prac­ti­tion­ers sin­gled out in the me­dia re­ports com­prised doc­tors who had just grad­u­ated. They are re­quired to do a statu­tory in­tern­ship for two years.

“There are still 45 po­si­tions of in­tern­ships avail­able.” He said 22 South African in­terns placed in jobs had de­clined the posts.

Mot­soaledi said some of the names on the list of “un­em­ployed” doc­tors com­piled by the Ju­nior Doc­tors As­so­ci­a­tion of SA were du­pli­cated and in­cluded the ju­nior doc­tors who had turned down place­ments.

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