Frustrated, helpless and dejected – that’s how foreign-trained doctors desperate to register with the Health Professions Council of SA (HPCSA) and help stem the COVID-19 coronavirus epidemic say they feel as they watch the health system and its workers struggle to cope with the mounting cases. But, says a City Press report, their plight isn’t a new one.
The report quotes foreign-trained doctors as saying they’ve long decried the arduous process of registration with the medical profession regulator. It’s taken one doctor almost two years to have her application processed and, even now, she’s still a long way from legally and fully practising in local hospitals…..more
Shared by Professor Shabir Moosa
Professor Moosa is a family physician in Soweto, Johannesburg. His interests are family medicine, community-oriented primary health care, and health management.