Shorter working hours for Cape's junior doctors

2016-08-16 21:16


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Cape Town – Junior doctors in the Western Cape will no longer work more than 24 hours per shift, the provincial health MEC has said.

“It is a great improvement on the current 30-hours shifts that are stipulated in the national guideline set by the Health Professions Council,” she said on Monday.

She was speaking during a symbolic walk to Tygerberg Hospital to announce new safety procedures for staff following a number of attacks on paramedics in the city.

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The new shift arrangement would be implemented by January 1 in all state hospitals in the Western Cape, in line with requests from the SA Medical Association and the Junior Doctors Association of SA, and following talks with higher education partners.

There had been a number of complaints from young doctors about the current 30-hour maximum.

Mbombo said the Western Cape government could not wait until national guidelines were amended.


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