Tebogo Msimanga |
The South African Medical Association (SAMA) says it has for the moment, suspended its legal action against the Department of Health, the Acting Minister of Health Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane, and the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA) following confirmation received on Thursday that 155 medical interns have finally been placed.
The confirmation came after a week of threats of legal action and behind the scenes negotiations by SAMA to place 288 interns who graduated in March and April at public healthcare institutions to complete their compulsory community service.
SAMA Chairperson Angelique Coetzee said since last week, 133 of the 288 interns have been placed, and confirmation was received on Thursday afternoon that the other 155 would all be placed by next Monday, 12 July.
“We are naturally happy that the pressure we exerted on the relevant role-players has resulted in this positive outcome. But we will be monitoring this process extremely closely at a provincial level as it’s the provinces who now need to sign employment contracts with the interns by Monday. at the latest.”
Coetzee has urged all interns who have not signed their contracts by Monday to contact SAMA to ensure the issue is raised at a national level.