SA junior doctors call for new regulations on working hours

File: The South African Medical Association (SAMA) has urged the government to address the issue of frequent assaults on healthcare practitioners.

File: The South African Medical Association (SAMA) has urged the government to address the issue of frequent assaults on healthcare practitioners.

JOHANNESBURG - Overworked South African junior doctors are calling for new regulations on working hours.

This follows the death of a young intern who allegedly fell asleep behind the wheel after working a very long shift.

Young doctors are required to work 30-hour-long shifts and they say it’s endangering their lives and their patients.

Junior doctor Ilne Markwat was driving home after a her 30-hour shift in the Obstetrics Unit at the Paarl Hospital when she is believed to have fallen asleep at the wheel and veered into oncoming traffic.

She died en route to hospital.

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