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06 July 2011

Sinking ship for SA interns

SA interns are facing extremely high levels of stress. Difficult working conditions, long work hours and heavy workloads appear to be the hallmark of the internship programme.

“I’ll never forget the complete and utter exhaustion I felt at four in the morning, with a multitude of screaming women in labour waiting for me to see them.

Dr Amy Cupido*, a 26-year-old medical intern at Tygerberg Hospital in Cape Town was describing a shift in the obstetrics ward where she had been on call for more than 20 hours with only a 30 minute break.

 
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