Pro­posal to shorten in­tern­ship for doc­tors

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - METRO -

THE Sol­i­dar­ity Oc­cu­pa­tional Guild for Med­i­cal Prac­ti­tion­ers yes­ter­day wel­comed the pro­posal by the Depart­ment of Health that the in­tern­ship pe­riod for prospec­tive doc­tors might be short­ened from two years to one.

Morne Malan, senior re­searcher at the Sol­i­dar­ity Re­search In­sti­tute, said the pro­posal would not only con­trib­ute to the al­le­vi­a­tion of the pres­sure on the in­sti­tu­tions re­spon­si­ble for this train­ing, but would also ad­dress the short­age of al­ready ac­cred­ited doc­tors.

He said med­i­cal stu­dents were ex­pected to com­plete a two-year in­tern­ship as well as a com­pul­sory com­mu­nity ser­vice year.

“Un­for­tu­nately, these in­tern­ships in­creas­ingly ac­quired the char­ac­ter­is­tics of ob­sta­cles for the pro­fes­sion rather than to cre­ate op­por­tu­ni­ties for the ex­pan­sion of knowl­edge and the nec­es­sary prepa­ra­tion for the stu­dent’s ca­reer,” Malan said.

“We see too of­ten that these pro­grammes are known for the poor man­age­ment, lim­ited lead­er­ship, in­hu­man work­ing en­vi­ron­ments and enor­mous work­loads.”

Malan said the guild em­pha­sised that although this step was in the right di­rec­tion, the ac­cred­i­ta­tion of pri­vate in­sti­tu­tions to of­fer these in­tern­ships was still the most ad­van­ta­geous op­tion.

“The pri­mary is­sue is not the time that is taken from a prospec­tive med­i­cal prac­ti­tioner’s ca­reer, but rather the fact that this time is wasted,” he said.

“The qual­ity and man­age­ment of med­i­cal doc­tor’s prac­ti­cal train­ing are some­times hor­rific and this while train­ing in the pri­vate sec­tor is a sig­nif­i­cant need for both stu­dent and the in­dus­try, but not avail­able.” |

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