The allowance should have been paid in April, but because of an administrative bungle, the department had made a verbal commitment on Monday to pay the allowance by the end of July.
However, a nurse at King George V Hospital said they would have none of it because payment of this allowance had always been late.
“Not wearing uniform on duty undermines the profession, but how do you allow the MEC, HOD and other department officials to receive all their benefits while ours are not paid on time? Every year there are delays in paying this allowance and it’s time the department took us seriously,” said the nurse.
The Democratic Nursing Organisation of South Africa (Denosa) confirmed that they did not accept the department’s verbal undertaking.