No urgency’ to resolve unemployment among medical graduates

'No urgency’ to resolve unemployment among medical graduates

 The South African Medical Association Union has accused the government of failing to show any urgency in dealing with the unemployment of health professionals, particularly doctors. 


It's been reacting to Health Minister Joe Phaahla's remarks that the department does not have the budget to employ all medical graduates in the public sector. 


Phaahla this week spoke on the issue amid growing concerns over the number of doctors who are unable to find jobs despite the staff shortages at public health facilities.

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SAMATU's general secretary Cedric Sihlangu says the government needs to bail out the sector.


"We believe that this current situation is really untenable and we call on the government, we call on the president together with the extended cabinet and the coordination council, to take steps to reallocate funds to ensure that doctors are employed and that they can service the population. Because we've seen government where there is political will government can bail out Eskom, It can bail out many other entities."


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