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Solidarity’s youth division questions dept’s health placement programme

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It is disturbing that a country such as South Africa where there is a major need for trained medical professionals, is treating graduated professionals in such a way

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Trade union Solidarity’s youth division yesterday expressed its concern about the placement process that is being followed by the Department of Health in deploying recently graduated health practitioners for service at hospitals for the year 2019.

“This process had to be completed in 2018 but scores of doctors, nurses, dentists and other health practitioners, who have recently graduated, have not yet been placed, and this more than a week after they were meant to have started work,” Solidarity Youth co-ordinator Paul Maritz said.

According to Maritz, it is disturbing that a country such as South Africa where there is a major need for trained medical professionals, is treating graduated professionals in such a way.

“In some cases, the practitioners had to relocate to centres hundreds of kilometres further afield, only to find out that there aren’t positions for them, contrary to what the national system indicated,” Maritz said

“According to concerned parents who contacted us, their children have reported to the hospital or district where they had been placed as per the ICSP system, but the authorities there had no knowledge of such placement, and they can’t assume their duties because no job contract was in place.”

“Solidarity Youth appeals to the National Department of Health to resolve the crisis as soon as possible to ensure that no person who has finished medically training is adversely affected for months on end,” Maritz said. – ANA