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Phaahla to speed up process for critical skills appointments

Health Minister Joe Phaahla has said once all the required documents for critical skills endorsement letters have been received, the turnaround time to process the application and issue the supporting endorsement letter is a maximum of seven days.

Legalbrief's Policy Watch reports that he was responding to a parliamentary question from IFP MP Magdalena Hlengwa who asked what measures his department had put in place to fast-track the acceptance of foreign qualified doctors and how the board exam regulation of the Health Professions Council of SA could be amended to combat the delay faced by foreign-trained medical professionals.

“The National Department of Health has put in place a policy that stipulates the management process for applicants with qualifications from foreign countries, with requirements applicants must meet when making such applications. It also requires prospective employers (both public and private) to demonstrate they have first tested the local market by advertising posts for SA citizens and permanent residents…”


Legalbrief article – General critical skills applications in seven days: Phaahla (Restricted access)


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