Sama slams govt over unpaid doctors

2011-02-03 08:35

Johannesburg - Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi should hire efficient managers to avoid a repeat of the bungle which led to some Gauteng doctors not being paid monthly salaries, the SA Medical Association (Sama) said on Wednesday.

"The fact that it took a whole month for people to realise this mistake is irresponsible and deplorable," said Sama chairperson Dr Norman Mabasa.

"It is unacceptable that doctors work the whole month, only to discover that their information was not logged onto the system by the Gauteng Shared Service Centre (GSSC) for payment."

Democratic Alliance health spokesperson Jack Bloom earlier said hundreds of new doctors in Gauteng hospitals would not be paid this month because of a "foul-up" by the provincial health department and GSSC.


The health department in Gauteng denied responsibility for the bungle saying that this was due to late submission of the doctors' appointment documents to the GSSC by Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital.

Mabasa said: "We insist that the minister strive to employ an efficient manager and management system, in order to guarantee unnecessary administrative inaccuracies and inefficiencies, and to prevent unnecessary risks to the general public."

He said mismanagement at the hospital had also affected the procurement of equipment.

"It is incomprehensible why such a hospital has been allowed to continue unsupported and unequipped. The shortage covers a wide range of equipment which include; CAT-Scanners, Cardiac Machines, Anaesthetic Machines and Incubators for babies," said Mabasa.

Sama called for Motsoaledi to "urgently provide medical equipment" for the hospital and to review the procurement procedure involved in the ordering and purchasing of equipment and consumables by the province.

  • - 2011-02-03 08:40

    Another computer glich, eish it wasnt me but this machine.

      advurt - 2011-02-03 08:57

      Eish - this clever Western, imperialist invention!Ekke verstaan hom nie bwana!

      Paul - 2011-02-03 09:26

      Ye, too many alphanumerics, not enough pictures.

  • bill - 2011-02-03 08:43

    Can these ANC goons do nothing right?Their incompetence is laughable.They are incapable of running anything properly and honestly.

  • slimyfroggy - 2011-02-03 08:52

    They want salaries but they can't even give proper medical care to the patients.

      Solo-JHB - 2011-02-03 09:03

      You an idiot. We got brilliant Doctors, just crap nurses, hospitals and administration.

      DeonL - 2011-02-03 09:35

      Don't be so hard on them, at times I worked more than 100 hours per week at state hospitals and most of these patients are from hell! They are trying theire best.

  • BigMoose - 2011-02-03 08:55

    Absolutely everything the ANC touches turns to crap. The list is endless.

  • Solo-JHB - 2011-02-03 09:01

    A family friend is an intern at Bara, she worked over 300hrs in January. It is a disgrace how the ANC Government treats our Doctors like slaves. No wonder they run overseas when they got the experience!

      DeonL - 2011-02-03 09:42

      Interns in the old SA also worked like that, I used to work up to 400 hours a month at TBH in 1988, but we got paid on time. Unfortuanately Interns are the backbone of hospitals all over the world.

  • lucillec - 2011-02-03 09:12

    @Solo Please count your words, my sus is a nurse and she is a throughly Florence Nightingale, wonder what are all these bloggers performances in their work...

      slimyfroggy - 2011-02-03 09:19

      Ever heard of multi-tasking you idiot

      DeonL - 2011-02-03 09:59

      It helps also if you are the boss.

  • Bheki - 2011-02-03 09:35

    The Minister of Health will be gone by 2014-(if he is not lucky) the managers that are incompetent will remain in the system doing the same mistakes and having the same excuses. I am suprised that a person works the whole month without being employed- this of cause is open to abuse and fraud where people could be employed without following proper procedures (if there are procedures). I wonder why the government department keep such people who can not think. If is was a private company everybody in government including Cosatu will be up in arm. But the fish rot from the head.

  • Wernerkwane - 2011-02-03 09:37

    As long as the ANC is more interested in a person's color rather than their ability this will never stop.

  • theone - 2011-02-03 09:47

    "Democratic Alliance health spokesperson Jack Bloom earlier said hundreds of new doctors in Gauteng hospitals would not be paid this month because of a "foul-up" by the provincial health department and GSSC". seems like the knew all along and they waited for a time like this to blame the ANC. rubbish

      DeonL - 2011-02-03 10:03

      Carte Blanche visited the health departement 1 morning at 11h00 last year. About no one was at theire posts, only a few was drinking tea, No wonder they are messed up. Try to phone them on a Friday - they never even answer!

  • John Paterson - 2011-02-03 09:56

    No pay, no work?

  • DeonL - 2011-02-03 10:10

    You know there are problems at state hospitals when Carte Blance decided to buy equipment for Hopsitals and not give money. We can not see how the state can use these hospitals as backbone for the proposed NHI. The tax payers will be up in arms when they get taxed for it and service delivery at hospitals are like this.

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