Sipho Mabena
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1 Sep 2021
5:59 pm

Foreign-trained doctors beat govt in court – can finally practise locally

Sipho Mabena

The foreign-trained doctors fought for several years, against being barred from practising in their home country, despite SA's critical shortage of doctors.

Nurse who is living with a cardiovascular disease and wants to teach women in rural areas about cardiovascular diseases. Photo for illustration: iStock

At least 109 foreign-trained South African doctors who have been sitting idly at home for years, are finally preparing to sit for either the theory or practical components of the South African board examinations, paving their way to practice. This week the graduate doctors successfully lobbied the high court in Pretoria to compel the Department of Health as well as the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA) to allow them to write the exams. The department and the HPCSA were also interdicted and restrained from invoking the provisions of the New Pathway Policy Guideline seemingly used to bar foreign-trained...