Looming crisis for SA healthcare as specialists face 30% pay cut

A new overtime policy introduced by the national Department of Health could see some doctors in the public sector facing a pay cut as high as 30% in January.

Several KwaZulu-Natal doctors speaking to News24 on condition of anonymity have warned of a mass exodus of specialists from the public sector to the private sector if the policy is implemented.

The doctors, most of whom are specialists, raised concerns after the South African Medical Association (Sama) released a statement on Wednesday saying it intended lodging a formal dispute with the National Bargaining Council after the department’s decision….more

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