SABC News - E Cape doctors to down tools over salaries:Monday 28 May 2012

E Cape doctors to down tools over salaries

Monday 28 May 2012 10:08


Doctors at the Mthatha Hospital Complex in the Eastern Cape will from today embark on lunch-hour pickets demanding payment. Some doctors have not received their salaries for the last six months.


The complex includes the Nelson Mandela Academic Hospital. The Eastern Cape Department of Health says it has been meeting the provincial treasury, requesting funds for payment.


The South African Medical Association had warned the Eastern Cape Department of Health to pay the medical doctors, failing which, it will take to the streets or take legal action against the department. They say they are now forced to demonstrate, as their complaints have fallen on deaf ears for months now.


The Junior Doctors Association of South Africa says it is demoralising that at least 20 of the doctors at this hospital complex, have received neither their basic salary, rural allowance nor overtime since December. Only doctors doing emergency work will continue serving the community while they picket outside.


The Eastern Cape Department of Health says it is unfortunate that doctors have resolved to down tools as it is equally concerned about the non-payment of doctors in that province.

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