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gautengANA reports that according to the Democratic Alliance’s (DA’s) Jack Bloom, many doctors at Gauteng state hospitals have not been paid for overtime and have been told that the Gauteng health department “does not have money to pay them” for overtime.  

Bloom said he has received reports that overtime has not been paid to doctors at the Tembisa, Leratong, and Yusuf Dadoo hospitals “and probably other hospitals as well.”  He said the health department needed to explain urgently why doctors were being short-changed and rectify this as soon as possible.  Some doctors at the Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital had apparently also been short-paid this month, but were told that it was an administrative issue that would be sorted out.  However, Gauteng e-government department head Boy Ngobeni has confirmed in a letter that the health department had given instructions not to pay overtime to medical professionals.  Aggrieved doctors are now threatening to stop working at night, on weekends, and on public holidays.

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