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OSD payments a disappointment

2009-12-24 14:10

Cape Town - Pharmacists have added their voices to the dissatisfaction over delays in occupation specific dispensation (OSD) payments.

Many public sector pharmacists were "bitterly disappointed" by provinces' failure to implement their OSD, the SA Association of Hospital and Institutional Pharmacists (SAAHIP) said on Thursday.

SAAHIP president November Nkambule said it appeared that the provinces were not able to process either the once-off five percent gratuity or the translation to new OSD packages within promised timeframes.

In addition, many pharmacists were unimpressed with the final packages.

"In fact, for far too many pharmacists, the OSD reflects little more than the inclusion of the scarce skills allowance in the pensionable salary, with the take-home salary only marginally changed," he said.

The SA Registrars' Association, which represents many state sector doctors, said earlier this week that doctors remained either unpaid or underpaid.

It was reported that permanent staff, who had expected payment on Monday, would have their salaries adjusted only next month.