SOUTH AFRICA: The Gauteng Health department said yesterday it would call in the SA Revenue Service (Sars) to audit overtime claims submitted by doctors in some hospitals.
Departmental spokesman Simon Zwane in a statement the department detected gross irregularities in the overtime claims submitted by doctors from Sebokeng, Kopanong, Pholosong, Far East Rand, Tambo Memorial and Natalspruit hospitals.
He said the rules were that overtime had to be authorised in advance and clear reasons be given for allowing it.
Zwane said measures were in place to assist patients at Sebokeng and Kapanong hospitals where doctors have apparently refused to work extra hours beyond their stipulated overtime.
Patients requiring emergency help would be transferred to other hospitals and the department was also recruiting more doctors for the affected hospitals.
The issue of Gauteng doctors’ overtime payments has hit the headlines several times this month.