n South African Medical Journal - Thieves of the state : correspondence

Volume 102, Issue 9
  • ISSN : 0256-9574
  • E-ISSN: 2078-5135



I do not discount what has historically occurred and, according to Erasmus' article, is apparently still occurring. A decade after my internship, I still recall calculating that I was, in effect, earning R12 per hour at that time. The culture dictated that one 'sucked it up' - and that is what we did. In the academic institutions where I've recently worked, however, this attitude seems to have changed. Hospitals are now limiting the hours that interns work. I trust that this policy will spread to involve the former institutions, from my intern days, where this unfortunate practice is apparently still in place.

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