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Johannesburg - Nine student doctors from Tembisa Hospital will temporarily return to Midrand to allow contractors to complete renovations at the hospital's residence, the Gauteng department of health said on Monday.
“After a series of engagements with stakeholders within the hospital, it was finally agreed that the interns should return to their temporary accommodation in Midrand,” said department spokesman Simon Zwane.
The Democratic Nursing Organisation of SA (Denosa) said 13 student doctors were forcibly removed from flats the hospital had rented at Midrand Village after the lease expired at the end of September.
Last Monday, the students had to sleep in casualty at the hospital, after being locked out of the residence in the hospital.
The residence was locked after the trainee doctors protested that it did not meet the Health Professions Council of SA's (HPCSA) standards.
Zwane said the hospital met the council and further work that needed to be done in the residence was identified.
The residence was previously occupied by student nurses, who were apparently forced to relocate to make way for the doctors.
“Student nurses were given short notice to vacate their residence by the hospital management and to move to another block of flats,” said Denosa provincial organiser Sipho Qankase at the time.
He said the student nurses' pleas for management to give them time to relocate after finishing their year-end examinations had fallen on deaf ears.