Sipho Mabena
Premium Journalist
3 minute read
6 Jan 2021
4:40 am

Graduate medics in limbo

Sipho Mabena

‘I have financial commitments and I am not getting paid this month.'

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As the country grapples with the shortage of health workers in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic, medical doctors still to complete their internships and community service are languishing at home due to delays in Health Professions Council of SA (HPCSA) registration and intern placement. Dr Nina Langenhoven, 29, who was supposed to start her one-year mandatory community service at Phumelela district hospital in Vrede, Free State, said it was frustrating that she was not allowed to help. The 2018 University of Witwatersrand medical school graduate from Johannesburg completed her two-year internship at Tygerberg hospital in Cape Town last year...