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The shortage of medical doctors in South Africa

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Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC)

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Breier, Mignonne


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This study on medical doctors forms part of a broader study entitled A multiple source identification and verification of scarce and critical skills in the South African labour market which is, in turn, one of a number of Skills Development Research Projects, which the HSRC is undertaking for the Department of Labour (DoL). These projects were designed by the Education Science and Skills Development (ESSD) Programme of the HSRC, in consultation with the DoL and numerous other stakeholders. The research is being conducted by researchers from the ESSD, the Universities of Cape Town and Witwatersrand, as well as expert consultants. The Scarce and Critical Skills Project comprises five phases including quantitative occupational profiling, case studies of occupations or occupational families, a survey of employers with vacancies, documentary research and, finally, development of a comprehensive synthesis report 'providing evidence of the current availability, supply of and demand for intermediate and high levels skills in relation to the challenges posed by current growth and development strategies in South Africa'. (Erasmus, 2006:9). The report will explain the nature of the evidence collected and how it has been analysed to reach the findings and conclusions. It is intended to bring together material from a wide range of sources into a single document. Apart from addressing current and expected future skills problems, the report will also identify where there are gaps in the research and where future evidence is required.

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