The RHAP is very concerned but not surprised about the news that broke this morning that 307 interns are still without an offer of employment for 2017 due to budget cuts (point 8 below). While the memo below refers to the education crisis as the main reason for the budget cut (point 9), this is symptomatic for a broader problem: the overall underfunding for health workforce growth needed to fill critical posts and expand services. We call upon Treasury and Health to ringfence funding for critical health posts (which are not doctors posts only!) and intern posts so that our medical students can finalise their studies and work in areas of most need!
Read more about funding for HRH: http://www.rhap.org.za/mtbps-2016-rural-health-advocacy-project-warns-health-service-cuts-need-following-continued-fiscal-consolidation/