A SENIOR doctor at Chris Hani-Baragwanath Hospital said she will abandon her patients should the government offer her 15percent on the occupation-specific dispensation as reported by Sowetan yesterday.
The doctor, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said she started her in-service training in 2001. Her net pay was R9000 then and she took home R6304. The following year she did community service, which is a requirement to qualify as doctor.
She was paid R24000 and her net pay was R16380 a month. Her current gross salary a month is R30000 and she takes home R19440, which she says is not enough to cover her living expenses.
"I pay R6500 for the car and insurance, R5000 for my mortgage, R2000 for school fees, R2000 for groceries and R4000 for my credit cards and loans.
"After I have paid everything, I am left with nothing. As a result I have to supplement my income by moonlighting at private hospitals. By doing so I risk losing my job because this is illegal," she said.
An intern at Steve Biko Academic Hospital echoed her sentiments.
"We work tirelessly to save lives yet we are paid peanuts. I attend to at least 30 patients a day. I deserve more than the R9818 a month. I deserve double that amount," she said.