Motsoaledi called on to act on Bara

Health Minister Aaron Motshoaledi should hire efficient managers to avoid a repeat of the bungle which led to some Gauteng doctors not being paid monthly salaries, the South African 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 Gauteng health department 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.

‘Incomprehensible’
Mabasa said: “We insist that the minister strives 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. — Sapa

Staff Reporter
Guest Author
Advertisting

Mabuza’s ‘distant relative’ scored big

Eskom’s woes are often because of boiler problems at its power plants. R50-billion has been set aside to fix them, but some of the contracts are going to questionable entities

ANC faction gunning for Gordhan

The ambush will take place at an NEC meeting about Eskom. But the real target is Cyril Ramaphosa

Despite tweet, Zuma keeps silent about providing his taxpayer information

The Public Protector has still not received confirmation from former president Jacob Zuma that she may access his tax records —...

Ahead of WEF, Mboweni will have to assure investors that...

The finance minister says despite the difficult fiscal environment, structural reforms are under way to put SA on a new growth path
Advertising

Press Releases

New-style star accretion bursts dazzle astronomers

Associate Professor James O Chibueze and Dr SP van den Heever are part of an international team of astronomers studying the G358-MM1 high-mass protostar.

2020 risk outlook: Use GRC to build resilience

GRC activities can be used profitably to develop an integrated risk picture and response, says ContinuitySA.

MTN voted best mobile network

An independent report found MTN to be the best mobile network in SA in the fourth quarter of 2019.

Is your tertiary institution is accredited?

Rosebank College is an educational brand of The Independent Institute of Education, which is registered with the Department of Higher Education and Training.

Is your tertiary institution accredited?

Rosebank College is an educational brand of The Independent Institute of Education, which is registered with the Department of Higher Education and Training.

VUT chancellor, Dr Xolani Mkhwanazi, dies

The university conferred the degree of Doctor of Science Honoris Causa on Dr Xolani Mkhwanazi for his outstanding leadership contributions to maths and science education development.

Innovate4AMR now in second year

SA's Team pill-Alert aims to tackle antimicrobial resistance by implementing their strategic intervention that ensures patients comply with treatment.

Medical students present solution in Geneva

Kapil Narain and Mohamed Hoosen Suleman were selected to present their strategic intervention to tackle antimicrobial resistance to an international panel of experts.