SOUTH AFRICA FINDS PLACES FOR 1,500 MEDICAL INTERNS, 1,300 COMMUNITY SERVICE DOCTORS

PRETORIA-- The Department of Health has placed more than 1,500 medical interns who have graudated from South African universities and 1,300 community service doctors for the 2018 and 2019 annual cycles.

The department said here Monday that all interns and community service doctors who studied at South African universities and were eligible for placement for the 2018 annual cycle had been allocated and offered places.

Those who became eligible between Jan 1 and April 2018 have been processed and their employment contracts are being finalised by provincial health departments with a service commencement date of June 1, 2018, the national department said.

The department assured that those South African students who studied at South African universities who are repeating blocks and medical interns who were not eligible by May 2018 will be allocated places during the mid-year cycle and start their employment from July 1, 2018.

South African-born citizens who studied medicine abroad and passed the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA) Board Exams will be accommodated once a policy has been finalised on graduates with qualifications which are not prescribed by the HPCSA has been finalised.

Meanwhile, the department said it is also finalising a circular which will provide some clear guidelines and procedures to be followed when allocating the medical internships and community service, and related appointments for qualified permanent residents, refugees and all other non-South Africans.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK