Doctors yet to receive Christmas gratuity pay

2009-12-19 12:35


Some doctors have not been paid the once off OSD gratuity payment

months after they were supposed to have received it, the SA Medical Association

(Sama) said.

Some had not been paid a once-off 5% gratuity or been moved to an

occupation specific dispensation category which took their experience and

qualifications into account, spokesperson Celia Hugo said in a statement.

Hugo said to date several categories of doctors had not been paid

the gratuity.

“Sama calls on the department of health to uniformly and

appropriately implement the OSD as per both the letter and spirit of the

original agreement,” she said.

The OSD negotiation phase was concluded on June 30, and signed off

by the employer.

Health department spokesman Fidel Hadebe said it was possible that

some doctors had not been paid because they had not submitted their personal


“To avoid confusion in the implementation of the OSD we had to

ensure that we get individual details of doctors.
People who have not been paid

could be those who did not submit their details or did not give accurate or

correct details."

“The cash was supposed to have been paid a month or two ago.

Doctors who have not been paid must contact their employers, who are their

respective provincial departments [of health],” he said.

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