The trade union Solidartiy s calling for the Police’s medical board to work faster in the process of placing SAPS members who have been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) on medical pension.
Philip Kruger, head of Solidarity’s general litigation division said that the Police’s medical boards have been dragging their feet in the process to place SAPS members who have been diagnosed with PTSD on medical pension. “Many members who have already been approved for medical pension by the Compensation Commissioner have been waiting between five and seven years for the process to be completed. Meanwhile, taxpayers are paying millions of rands each month in salaries while SAPS employees are on sick leave. Now the Police’s wants to salvage the situation by sending the employees back to work.”
In a media statement Solidarity says it is now also demanding that medical boards finalise their recommendations to the SAPS and ensure that members who qualify be put on medical pension immediately. Solidarity has received almost 100 complaints from members who are battling with the situation. Solidarity is investigating the matter further and plans on putting additional pressure on the medical boards to do the job they are expected to do, the statement added.
“These members are under enormous stress, they suffer from depression and some of them even have suicidal tendencies. However, if [they]… do not return to work, they will lose their medical aid and therefore also access to essential treatment. Some of the police members who were forced to return to work were readmitted to hospital almost immediately. The SAPS is not only doing loyal police members a disservice, but the general public as well,” Kruger said.