South Africans were shocked and concerned after a photo of a young qualified doctor holding a cardboard sign looking for work did the rounds on social media.
What was particularly surprising was that the woman is a qualified surgeon with a Bachelor of Medicine and a Bachelor of surgery. He is a South African citizen who graduated only two years ago and is eligible for an internship, yet is still looking for employment on the side of the road.
She also added that he has passed his HPCSA exams, which is the qualifying board exam for doctors.
Her situation brought attention to the crisis that South Africa is facing, with a shortage of qualified doctors and the current doctors being highly overworked. Despite this,a qualified South African citizen is struggling to find work, Briefly.co.za found.
Social media questioned where all the country’s investment into educating doctors is going if people are still struggling.
Tahmeena Carawan, a Twitter user, had some answers to the befuddling question, saying that the Department of Health takes a long time to place interns, probably due to resource constraints.Furthermore interns can only work in training hospitals which have the resources to supervision the new doctors.
Social media users also reminded Mzansi that the Minister of Health said that some interns are choosy about where they get placed, and are not eager to work in rural areas. However, the lady seeking work responded saying that that was not the whole truth and that she and many struggling doctors like herself would jump at the opportunity to be placed anywhere in the country.
Trying to find some humour in a depressing situation, a Twitter user joked that something must be wrong because the handwriting on the cardboard was too neat to belong to a doctor, while others pointed out that she is probably unemployed because she failed to put her contact details on the advert.
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