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GP doctors demand overtime payouts

GP’s health dept. sits with large overtime bills while unpaid doctors refuse to return to work.

GP’s health dept. sits with large overtime bills while unpaid doctors refuse to return to work. Picture: EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Gauteng Health MEC Hope Papo said efforts to settle doctors' overtime claims are well underway as the department clamps down on wasteful expenditure and improves service delivery.

It emerged last month doctors in Ekurhuleni hadn't been paid overtime.

Some have even refused go back to work until their money is paid.

But the department responded with allegations that health professionals had been rigging overtime claims.

The MEC inspected the Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Academic Hospital on Sunday where he said that this year, things would change.

He said the department should rather hire more doctors than have to pay millions of rands in overtimes claims.

"In the coming year we need to manage overtime better because it has gone onto the human resource and staff budgets."

He said Gauteng's hospital network is already being upgraded with lifts and generators being installed in a bid to bring services to the people.

Work to install new elevators at the Charlotte Maxeke Hospital will begin on Monday.

Health facilities in Gauteng have come under fire after it emerged patients were being turned away or their lives being put at risk because of faulty equipment.