SA needs more med students

2014-09-29 00:00

UNIVERSITIES will have to admit more medical students per year to address the desperate shortage of doctors in the country.

This is according to the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA), following the release of recent statistics showing there are currently only 40 749 medical practitioners in the country, and 10 772 students studying medicine. The latter includes first year to final year students. Only seven universities in South Africa offers the MCBhB-degree.

According to the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) they receive more than 8 300 applications for the MBChB degree every year, of whom they can only accept 250.

Spokesperson Lesiba Seshoka said they also have a strict quota system. “We select 69% black students, 19% Indians, nine percent coloured and two percent white students. The candidates must have a minimum of 65% to be accepted into the course.”

The university has an annual pass rate of between 96% and 97%. “The students receive a lot of academic support,” he said.

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions. publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.