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gautengSunday Independent reports that all Gauteng health workers will be paid on time despite the sheriff of the court’s warrant of execution to attach 14 departmental bank accounts.  

This was affirmed by Gauteng MEC for Health, Dr Gwen Ramokgopa.  Last week’s order is for the payment of more than R30 million relating to four medical negligence cases for children who sustained brain damage at birth.  In recent weeks, the sheriff attached desks, chairs and computers from the department to force payment of R6.2m for medical negligence cases.  Moreover, Telkom has cut off the telephone lines at the department’s central office because of non-payment of bills.  Asked how the department would pay its employees with its bank accounts frozen, Ramokgopa said there was no way her employees would not be paid.  “All our employees are going to be paid on time and there is no threat whatsoever,” she stated.  Ramokgopa said the issue of how the health department was going to deal with its financial challenges was before the executive council because the department could not handle it alone.  “And there is a special committee that is being chaired by the MEC for finance which is advising the executive council and the premier on the resolution of these issues,” she indicated.  The department’s financial crisis is said to be having a heavy impact on staff members who deal with patients on a day-to-day basis in terms of shortages of staff, heavy workloads, infrastructure problems and security scares.

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