oa SA Pharmaceutical Journal - Pharmacists' perceptions of occupational specific dispensation (OSD) : exploratory study of career and human resource perspectives : cum laude

Volume 82, Issue 3
  • ISSN : 2221-5875
  • E-ISSN: 2220-1017



In South Africa, there is no exception to the current worldwide trend of health staff shortages (WHO, 2006). This human resources crisis has particularly impacted the number of pharmacists employed in the public sector (Hawthorn & Anderson, 2009). In 2009, HEARD reported that public sector pharmacists will serve 12 to 30 times more people than private sector pharmacists in South Africa (George, Quinian, & Reardon, 2009). Although these figures would have improved since 2009, it is apparent that there is still a maldistribution of pharmacists between the health sectors. Many strategies have been planned and implemented by the South African government to alleviate the strain including a remuneration structure and reward strategy known as occupational specific dispensation (OSD). The structure was developed specifically for professional categories of public employees and was introduced in 2007 to "attract and retain skilled employees" (DPSA, 2007).

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