South Africa needs doctors

BMJ 1994; 308 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.308.6934.979b (Published 09 April 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;308:979
  1. D Roberts
  1. KwaZulu Department of Health, Private Bag X 10, Ulundi 3838, South Africa.

    EDITOR, - While in Britain recently I was saddened by the apparent malaise in the NHS and doctors' unhappiness with their lot. A survey conducted by the Royal College of General Practitioners is quoted as having found that 25% of general practitioners had positively considered leaving general practice and 45% wished to retire at age 55 because of disillusionment with general practice.1 In contrast, although South Africa is going through a period of rapid change and uncertainty, there is no such medical malaise. I have found my work here to be …

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