Acting MEC for Health Jacob Mamabolo.

COVID-19 contract health workers at the George Mukhari Academic Hospital would now be paid at the end of August following intervention by acting MEC for Health Jacob Mamabolo.

This follows reports at the weekend that 80 COVID-19 contract nurses at the hospital were not paid their July salaries.

Mamabolo has since directed the Department to compile a consolidated report on COVID-19 human resource related issues at all facilities by the end of this week to ensure that health workers are not inconvenienced any further.

“It is simply unacceptable that workers are not paid. We cannot expect frontline workers to lead the fight against the Coronavirus while on the other hand we are letting them down in terms of their remuneration,” said Mamabolo.

The Gauteng Department of Health appointed over 681 nurses during this financial year to augment its workforce as part of the COVID-19 response in the province.

A total of R500 million has been budgeted for contracting various categories of workers across all institutions, inclusive of all categories of nurses.

(COMPILED BY INSIDE POLITICS STAFF)

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