The plight of doctors working without pay in South Africa

#JOHANNESBURG: Several Gauteng medical interns and community service doctors have not been paid their January salaries.

Some interns have been advised that their January salaries will only be paid on 28 February.

Medical interns at the Charlotte Maxeke Hospital were notified via a WhatsApp message a day before payment informing them that due to logistical reasons, payments won’t be made therefore they should make the necessary agreements with their banks.

A memo from Helen Joseph Hospital, seen by Eyewitness News,notifies the doctors that their January payments will be delayed due to statutory posts.

Suhayl Essa, a doctor at Charlotte Maxeke Hospital took to social media to share his disappointment after being notified that he will not be paid.

Essa is also a part-time comedian and used his craft to share the dire situation that medical professionals are experiencing.

Watch his video here:

When approached for comment, Health Department spokesperson Khutsho Robothata told Eyewitness News that the department couldn’t deny or confirm the claims but asked for more time to probe the matter.

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