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Xenophobic Attacks: S/African Health Department Suspends Recruitment Of Foreign Doctors

Lagos – The Health Department of the Province of Kwazulu-Natal in South Africa has suspended till further notice the recruitment of foreign health professionals, especially medical doctors, in the wake of xenophobic attacks in that country.

The department, which gave this hint in a circular signed by one Dr. Gumede on September 4, 2019 and sighted by Daily Independent, said the decision was informed by the fact that a huge number of South African doctors trained in Cuba have returned back to the country.

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According to the circular, “The department has taken a decision to suspend the recruitment and employment of foreign health professionals in particular foreign doctors.

“Such a decision was informed by the fact that the department has recruited a huge number of South African citizens to be trained as doctors from Cuba.

“Some of those medical students have returned to South African Medical Schools to complete their training.”

The department said the need to suspend the employment of foreign doctors has become urgent because it is planning ahead; and to also allow for the recruitment and funding of the local doctors.

“The department will not have sufficient posts and funds to absorb these doctors should the recruitment and employment of foreign doctors not being reviewed and suspended,” the circular stressed.

It added, “The department is also faced with challenges in the near future. Planning ahead is, therefore, crucial for this project to be successful bearing in mind the financial constraints in the filling of critical posts.

“In conclusion, based on the aforementioned developments the recruitment and employment of foreign doctors is being suspended by the department for now until further notice.

“The content of this circular must be brought to the attention of all staff concerned.”

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