South African Medical Association

Media Release | SAMA welcomes payments to intern and community service doctors

SAMA welcomes payments to intern and community service doctors

The South African Medical Association (SAMA) welcomes developments by the National Department of Health to ensure payment of SAMA intern and community service doctors.

According to officials at the NDoH payments to these doctors are being processed, and they are confident payments will be made in the coming week.

“We are naturally extremely happy with these developments. We understand there are doctors who have still not been paid for January and hopefully these interventions will rectify that situation,” says Dr Angelique Coetzee, Chairperson of SAMA.

Delays in payments have been attributed to delays in doctors getting registrations from the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA), a requirement for entering into a contract with health facilities.

“Doctors perform an essential service and intern and community service doctors are a vital cog in the healthcare system. Non payments create huge problems and we are happy that these issues have now been resolved. We call on the NDoH to prevent non payments from happening again, and that everything possible is done ensure smooth administration for these SAMA doctors going forward,” concludes Dr Coetzee.