n South African Medical Journal - Improved surgical output in district hospitals relies more on softer ingredients than on formal postgraduate training time : correspondence

Volume 104, Issue 9
  • ISSN : 0256-9574
  • E-ISSN: 2078-5135



Mash have suggested that part of the solution to improving surgical and other services at the district hospital may lie in an approach that places full-time specialist family physicians and associate clinicians at district hospitals with periodic outreach from surgical specialists. However, I submit that a solution to district healthcare already exists in the example of Kokstad Medical Centre (KMC), and that it is less reliant on formal specialist family physician training and surgical outreach than on the softer ingredients required to assemble a team of inspired rural practitioners committed to delivering optimal healthcare outcomes.

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