Steve Biko hospital denies not paying Physicians

Steve Biko Academic Hospital has denied claims it did not pay doctors last month, Pretoria East Rekord reports.

Gauteng DA health spokesperson Dr Neil Campbell maintained that four neighborhood doctors in the hospital hadn’t been paid since January.

“A notice dated 29 January in the hospital HR department educated these doctors they’d get no salary as there weren’t any community services posts available in the hospital,” Campbell said, adding this was despite the national department of health affirming the appointments at the beginning of January and the doctors fulfilling their responsibilities.

But hospital spokesperson Lovey Mogapi said: “All community service doctors who were appointed in Steve Biko Academic Hospital as of 1 January were paid.”

The posts were created for health professionals who were needed to work for loans extended to them from the government in the public sector in lieu of payment.

But Campbell stated: “On 2 February, the hospital CEO provided them a ‘loan’ to aid them with costs however said that since the Gauteng department of health doesn’t have any cash, they did not possess posts, and wouldn’t be paid as a decision still had to taken as to where and if posts could be made accessible and in which state.”

He predicted on MEC for health Dr Gwen Ramokgopa to deal with the issue immediately.

“Ramokgopa must rectify this fiasco quickly because these doctors have a crucial role to play in making sure that the well-being of the province’s residents,” explained Campbell.

The hospital was named the major central hospital in Gauteng.

The department of health wasn’t immediately available for comment.