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daANA reports that the Democratic Alliance (DA) said on Thursday that, despite promises that all interns and community service doctors at Gauteng hospitals would be paid their January salaries by that day at the latest, some doctors had been told that this would not happen.  

The provincial health department had previously acknowledged a delay in paying the January salaries of some interns and community service doctors after an administrative error in which their posts were not created on time.  Earlier this week, it undertook to pay outstanding salaries by 7 February.  The DA said only 552 out of 1,378 junior doctors had been paid by 31 January, while some were placed on special leave as they were not able to pay for transport and food.  "Junior doctors at the Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Hospital have been badly affected, and refused to work last weekend.  This is inexcusable treatment of medical professionals who started their first jobs this year," the party's Gauteng shadow MEC for health Jack Bloom said on Thursday.  He called the health department's claim that the problem was caused by the late creation of posts a poor excuse.

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