Open letter to South Africa’s students‚ universities and government‚ represented by Minister in the .
VOTING on whether to accept or reject the revised occupation specific dispensation for public service doctors has been closed.
The deadline was 2pm yesterday and by that time more than 2000 public service doctors, the minimum number required, had voted.
Voting lines were opened on July 6 on the South African Medical Association (Sama) website. Members had an option of accepting or rejecting the government's offer online or by fax. The results are expected today.
Cecilia Hugo, spokesperson for Sama, said she was not at liberty to say how many of its 7000 members had voted.
The negotiations phase was concluded on June 30, and signed off by the government. In the revised offer the doctors were expected to receive salary increases - over three years - amounting to R1,9billion.
Soon after the offer was tabled, doctors across the country expressed dissatisfaction with several aspects of the latest offer.
Sama then decided to allow its members to vote on the matter before it returned to the bargaining chamber next week.