Health-e News reported on January13, that 91 trainee doctors, who have completed their internships in the Eastern Cape, are unable to seek employment elsewhere as their contract with the government stipulates that they have to work within the province for five years after being awarded bursaries. However, the department does not have the money to place them in positions and they are now stuck in the Eastern Cape. Dr Mawande Dlamini, the spokesperson for the professionals, said their professional future is on hold because of the department’s ineptitude. He blamed the Eastern Cape Health Department of serious mismanagement and maladministration.
Eastern Cape health spokesperson, Yonela Dekeda, said the department needs R358-m to appoint 634 nurses, 128 allied and medical health categories, including 91 medical doctors. The department is in the process of lobbying both the provincial treasury and the National Health Department for more funding.

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