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Sponsored doctors to repay E Cape

2012-01-09 23:46

East London - The Eastern Cape health department wants 87 doctors who reneged on a promise to serve in the province's public health facilities to repay the money spent educating them, the SABC reported on Monday.

Up to R387 000 had been spent putting each of them through university, the department's spokesperson Sizwe Kupelo told the broadcaster.

"We are meeting with the Health Professions Council of South Africa, because we also want them deregistered from the council as medical officers until they pay back the money that has been invested on them."

The students were given bursaries, in exchange for them working in understaffed hospitals in the province's rural areas for a few years after completing their studies.

"Now we want them to pay back the money if they don't want to come back, with interest. We are also engaging an agency that will assist the department in collecting the money," Kupelo said.

Comments
  • louis.kirstein1 - 2012-01-10 05:18

    Good for the department.

      Kala - 2012-01-10 08:22

      But these Doctors have learnt from their leaders. Make all the promises you can in order to get what you want. After you have got it your promises mean nothing. Ask all the jobless, homeless and poor South Africans out there.

  • SeeVeeDeeEl - 2012-01-10 06:12

    Probably the Cuban misfits. Shouldn't be called doctors.

  • Dumakazi Mapatwana - 2012-01-10 06:21

    We are in trouble!

      paulmandlankosi - 2012-01-10 08:19

      Go serve or pay, noble thing to do

  • mmakgaboe - 2012-01-10 07:24

    at least they passed! SO they did not really lose the money... argh let them be man...how many times has the govt taken from the people!?

      allensrsa - 2012-01-10 08:19

      typical consumerist attitude.. take what you want, agree to what you have to today, to satisfy your own needs and then renege once they have been met.

      Ashley - 2012-01-10 13:07

      @mmakgaboe, you make me laugh!! What an idiotic thing to say for crying out loud. In which government department do you work? That 300k odd is what we as tax payers coughed up. You wont know cause you probably don't pay any tax. Leave the forums for the adults, now go and play outside.

  • Phumezo - 2012-01-10 08:01

    Just like the apartheid government made it compulsary for young man to join the army! They must make it the same for doctors to show patriotism I support this move and hope some legal remifaction is going to follow suite!

  • allensrsa - 2012-01-10 08:13

    This is a no brainer-- of course, was there a legally binding document as it will come down to the detail. They should approach th emediacl council and have these doctors barred from practicing until they agree to, and start paying back

      Deon - 2012-01-10 08:35

      I agree they should pay it back, but don't stop them from working. In SA we have about 8 million people behind in payments, we don't stop themn from working.

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      Sean - 2012-01-10 08:42

      @Polly - Please elaborate...... what has this comment got to do with this news article.???

  • ludlowdj - 2012-01-10 08:29

    Firstly, are we talking about a contract which specifies a specific work back period or is this just a "promise" ??. if their contracts required them to work for a specific period as repayment then yes legally they are in breach of contract and must be bared from working of being registered to work until they serve their time, if it was a promise then it comes down to "he said she said" and the health department needs to get its house in order.

  • fanus.hansen - 2012-01-10 08:30

    Hope the paperwork was done by the East cape Government..... "Dear doc, a promise is a promise!"

  • TenRas1 - 2012-01-10 08:36

    ok was R387k spent per student or on all 87 of them? If its on all of them then they each owe R4500, which i'm sure they can pay it back today...

  • Deon - 2012-01-10 08:36

    We need doctors but blacklist them if they don't pay, they wiill come around.

  • Sean - 2012-01-10 08:38

    It's simple, pay or suffer the consequences! What's good for the goose is good for the gander........ :)

  • George - 2012-01-10 09:04

    Ok first comments were deleted by almighty news24. They dont like the truth. Gov promise to do there job and what do we get, nothing. Now what was promised the them did not happen, so who is wrong.

  • Blade - 2012-01-10 15:21

    Are they talking about medical doctors or witch doctors? It is the Eastern Cape after all...

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