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Foreign doctors can’t register in SA to help with Covid-19 crisis

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A doctor in protective gear prepares to test a patient for Covid-19.
A doctor in protective gear prepares to test a patient for Covid-19.
Picture: Moeketsi Mamane


Foreign-trained doctors in South Africa who are eager to help with the surge in Covid-19 cases are being prevented from doing so by red tape

Frustrated, helpless and dejected – that’s how foreign-trained doctors desperate to register with the Health Professions Council of SA (HPCSA) and help stem the Covid-19 coronavirus epidemic say they feel as they watch the health system and its workers struggle to cope with the mounting cases.

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