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Doctors' pay a high priority

By Anna Majavu | Jun 10, 2009 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

PRESIDENT Jacob Zuma has given the clearest indication yet that government will move speedily to avert a crippling public service strike by granting doctors and nurses the wage increases they were promised in 2007.

In his response to the debate on his state of the nation address in Parliament last week, Zuma yesterday promised to "address with urgency the working conditions and remuneration of health professionals".

And, offering yet another olive branch to opposition parties, he said "all parties in this house, without exception, are earnest in their commitment to this country".

He pleaded with the parties to use the adversity of the recession to "draw out the best in all of us".

Zuma reiterated that the ANC would set up a national health insurance fund and create 500 000 jobs by December both of which have been criticised by the opposition.

He sidestepped queries about which of the Treasury, Economic Development department or National Planning Commission now controls the purse strings.

"There are no super ministries but just colleagues who will be working together to find new ways of doing things more effectively.

"We are not saying any departments will be an induna, not at all."


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