Cape Town - The South African Medical Association (Sama) has launched an investigation into a proposal by the national Department of Health to shorten the internship period of junior doctors from two years to one.
Sama is concerned about the proposal, and would like to assess the efficacy of current internships.
“We do not have an official stance on this proposal just yet because we are looking into it. What we want to know is what have students achieved in the space of two years and were they trained adequately?” asked Dr Angelique Coetzee, chairperson of Sama.
“Is there adequate supervision?
“And we warned the department that there was going to be a crisis and this is where we are. Remember, we have over 700 junior doctors returning to the universities in February and then we are expecting more from the junior doctor program,” she said.