Tebogo Msimanga |
The National Department of Health shed some light regarding the process and status of placing eligible medical graduates on the Internship and Community Service Training Programme (ICSP) for 2021-22 annual cycle. Two hundred and eighty-eight (288) eligible medical graduates are waiting to be placed to undergo training as part of their academic programme.
National Health Department Spokesperson Popo Maja said “the Department would like to acknowledge the delays in announcing the allocations for 2021 mid-year cycle due to consultations with the National Treasury and Provincial Health Departments regarding additional posts and funding shortfall to cover some of the accredited and unfunded internship posts.”
Maja added that updates will be provided by the latest next week Wednesday, 30 June 2021 on the outcomes of the consultations ahead of the commencement of mid-year cycle.
He further said the Department values the contribution the medical interns will make to the health system, especially during this difficult times of Covid-19 3rd wave.