The RWOPS debate – yes we can!

Allan Taylor, Delawir Kahn


Remunerated work outside of public service (RWOPS) has largely been seen in a negative light. This is partly a result of the Public Service Commission review undertaken in 2004, but attitudes are also shaped by unsubstantiated reports of abuse. There are, however, potential advantages for both patients and doctors if RWOPS is done without neglecting public sector service and academic commitments. We explore some of the issues around controlling RWOPS, and the experience with this in the Department of Surgery at the University of Cape Town, South Africa.

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Allan Taylor, Department of Neurosurgery, Groote Schuur Hospital, Cape Town, South Africa

Delawir Kahn, Department of Surgery, University of Cape Town, South Africa

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RWOPS; Public service; Private practice

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South African Medical Journal 2014;104(7):475-477. DOI:10.7196/SAMJ.8050

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Date submitted: 2014-02-11
Date published: 2014-05-29

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