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Chris Hani Baragwanath doctors raise funds to assist unpaid interns

Senior doctors at the Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital are digging from their pockets to assist interns who haven’t been paid this year.

Baragwanath interns doctors

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Senior medical doctors at the Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital are raising funds to assist unpaid medical interns. 

The Gauteng Health Department which is responsible for the payment of salaries has not paid the ten interns a single cent this year. 


In an interview with the SABC, interim Chairperson of the South African Medical Association (SAMA) Dr Mvuyisi Mzukwa said it is a very sad state of affairs for the young doctors who have just entered the workplace to experience such. 

Mzukwana said they are perturbed by the fact that the Gauteng government had allowed itself to fail for more than two months to pay salaries. 

“Some of these interns come from poor backgrounds. They are being pushed by the employer, the government into depression. These are the same people expected to do quality consultations, smile and be professional while they are suffering. 

“We don’t understand why the government would do such a horrific thing to the medical interns.” 

SA Medical Association Chairperson

Mzukwana rejected the Gauteng Health Department’s claim that too many interns were initially allocated at the Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital so they needed to deal with the admin of creating new posts. 

“If there is anticipation that medical interns won’t be paid, there should be a second plan to attend to the basic needs of those interns. They now find themselves being a charity case in the workplace.”  

According to the SABC, the Gauteng Health Department said the interns were not yet on the government’s payroll system. However they will be paid in the next few days. 

Apart from the funds being raised by the staff at Chris Hani Baragwanath, the interns were also encouraged to reach out to the South African Medical Association for assistance. 

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