By: Jack Bloom MPL, DA Gauteng Shadow MEC for Health:
About 30 doctors at the Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital have not been paid overtime for the past month because of an administrative error.
Overtime pay typically accounts for as much as a third of a doctor’s income, so it is very distressing when it is unexpectedly not paid.
According to a source, the overtime forms for registrars were not processed and were found on the desk of an official.
This incompetence highlights yet again the poor management at this hospital which frequently makes things difficult for both staff and patients.
The Gauteng Health Department should intervene to ensure that the hospital functions effectively instead of lurching from crisis to crisis.