Sponsored doctors to repay E Cape
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.