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12 specialists resign from Charlotte Maxeke

A dozen anaesthetists at Charlotte Maxeke Hospital resigned because they weren’t paid overtime.

The Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Academic Hospital sign. Picture: EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Twelve anaesthetists resigned from Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Academic Hospital over the past week, Eyewitness News learnt on Monday.

The resignations were allegedly due to mistreatment from management and a lack of overtime payments.

The hospital was in critical negotiations for the past few weeks after specialists at the facility complained that they were not paid for overtime, which made up a large part of their salaries.

In April, specialists across the board threatened to resign from their posts at the hospital unless they were paid the overtime fees owed to them.

The 12 anaesthetists that resigned made up half the specialists in the unit.

Doctors from other departments were expected to follow suit because they were not paid.

The departure could leave the hospital unable to perform vital operations if the doctors do not return to work in June.

Doctors said hospital management was verbally abusive to those trying to secure overtime pay, and that a meeting to resolve the problems came to a dead end.

The Department of Health and the hospital were yet to respond to queries regarding the resignations.

Gauteng hospitals have been in the spotlight in recent years.

Doctors working at provincial facilities have complained about equipment and supply shortages, security problems and bad management.