n South African Medical Journal - Thieves of the state : correspondence
|Article Title||Thieves of the state : correspondence|
|© Publisher:||Health and Medical Publishing Group (HMPG)|
|Journal||South African Medical Journal|
|Affiliations||1 University of the Witwatersrand|
|Publication Date||Sep 2012|
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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