UK doctors thwarted

Estelle Ellis

A BRITISH doctor, keen to work in a specialist unit in a Port Elizabeth hospital, cannot do so because her degree – from one of the world’s top medical schools – is not recognised in South Africa.

As a result the woman, who asked not to be named as she feared that might jeopardise her application, and many other doctors are struggling to register with the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA).

This comes as Eastern Cape Health MEC Sicelo Gqobana said last year his department – battling a critical shortage of doctors – would turn to recruiting foreign doctors to boost numbers in state hospitals.

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