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MotsoalediEWN reports that Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi says he is disappointed and highly distressed that some interns and doctors who started work last month have still not received their January salaries.  

The SA Medical Association (Sama) had reached an agreement with the administrations of health sectors in various provinces that salaries would be paid by this past week, however, some doctors have still not received their payments.  Sama has since warned that the approximately 222 doctors in Gauteng alone who have been affected would not report for duty until they received their salaries.  This move is set to put more pressure on an already strained public health sector.  The Gauteng Department of Health missed the deadline to pay new doctors on 31 January, claiming there had been a delay in processing their details.  But, Motsoaledi said he did not understand how something like that could have happened.  “The issue of the payment of salaries should not be a complex one.  All that was left was to capture the details of each and every doctor in each province and start paying them.  We are so disappointed,” he commented.

  • Read the original of Michael Pedro’s report in the above regard at EWN


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