One of the first lessons we’re taught in medical school is that the safest way to practice medicine is to know what we don’t know. As junior doctors, we’re concerned about the next chapter in our careers, and we’re ready to ask some crucial questions.
In 2014, young medical officers banded together to petition for a reduction in working hours of junior doctors who can spend up to 36 hours on duty at a time. The answer to ending unsafe working hours, Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi said, was to train and employ more doctors.
This year’s graduating class of doctors will number 600 more than it did five years ago. And in 2019, the country will welcome a further 1000 Cuban-trained medical graduates returning to work in South Africa. Meanwhile, provincial health budgets are already taking strain. ….more