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Sama to strike over OSD errors

2010-02-28 20:22

Johannesburg - The South African Medical Association (Sama) said on Sunday that doctors would strike if their salary structures were not resolved.

The Occupation Specific Dispensation (OSD) implemented for doctors had resulted in flaws in salary payouts, said Sama spokesperson Norman Mabasa.

"Sama has requested that the department of health implement phase two of the OSD by April 1 so that their emerges consistency in doctors' pay," said Mabasa.

He said that doctors would initially embark on a "go slow" if the OSD phase two was not implemented, but if negotiations with the department of health came to nothing, a "reluctant" strike would ensue.

"We cannot negotiate forever," said Mabasa.

Mabasa referred to issues that included incorrect salary cuts and too much pay whereby doctors then had to refund the state.

He also said specialists with five years experience were being paid the same as those with two years experience.

Sama members staged a strike in June last year to push for the OSD.

There has been controversy ever since with numerous issues arising with the OSD's implementation.

The department of health was not available for comment.

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