Editorials 2.10.2014 06:00 am

Unhealthy attitude towards doctors

Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi has a reputation for being energetic, persuasive and getting things done. Yet some of his recent pronouncements could further jeopardise healthcare.

Motsoaledi has declared himself “extraordinarily opposed” to allowing the private sector to build and run facilities where doctors can be trained. In his view, this would result in only the children of rich families being able to afford private medical training.

This is short-sighted. Already certain population groups face difficulties getting into medical schools, no matter how good their academic records.

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