Gauteng health denies termination of contracts

2014-03-26 22:10
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Johannesburg - Information relating to the termination of contracts of lay counsellors and community health workers was rejected by the Gauteng health department on Wednesday.

"The department calls on the counsellors and community health workers to ignore this information as it is untrue and false," said spokesperson Simon Zwane.

He said the department would continue to directly work with the counsellors and community health workers and to pay their stipends.

The department had been directly paying the stipends since December.

"This process has been ongoing and stipends for March have been processed for payment this week," said Zwane.

About 7 976 community health workers would be paid by the end of the month.

"The department urged workers who may experience challenges in receiving their stipends to consult their nearest district office," said Zwane.

He said the department intended to renew the current contracts for a three-month period, until the process of contracting with lay counsellors and community health workers was finalised.

"Briefing sessions will be held in districts to inform lay counsellors and community health workers on the process that will be followed to finalise their new contracts for this financial year," said Zwane.

He urged the counsellors and health workers to remain at their work stations until this process was finalised.

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