samalogo thumb medium85 87Sowetan reports that a last-minute payment of more than 200 intern doctors on Monday averted a legal showdown with the Gauteng department of health.  

The doctors had not been paid their January salaries, leading to their association, namely the SA Medical Association (Sama), serving the department with an ultimatum to pay or face court action.  The department failed to meet a 31 January deadline for salary payments due to administrative delays.  However, Khutso Rabothatha, spokesperson for health MEC Dr Gwen Ramokgopa, indicated that the intern doctors had been paid by midday on Monday and added that there was no need for Sama to approach the high court for relief.  Sama’s Dr Rhulani Ngwenya they would verify the list of doctors to ensure that everyone was covered.  Frustrated doctors had taken to social media to share pictures of their colleagues counting out coins to buy food.  Democratic Alliance (DA) health spokesperson MEC Jack Bloom said the payments were a relief, but the salary crisis reflected poor planning and a lack of proper administration on the part of the department.


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