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Broadening the scope of the medical advisory panel will assist to improve limitations on the COID Act

by lloyd last modified 2018-12-05 10:59

4 December 2018

As a way to improve Compensation for the Occupational Injuries and Disease Act (COIDA), the new amendments on the bill proposes that the scope of medical advisory panel need to be amended in order to include occupational injuries, stakeholders were told today (04 December 2018) at the Manhattan Hotel, Pretoria.

Compensation Fund Legal Practitioner Irish Lephotho explained that, the current challenge with the Act is that, the scope of the medical advisory panel is limited to the occupational diseases only, and broadening the scope will assist in the inclusion of occupational injuries in order to achieve fairness for all.

Lephotho says other amendments that needed to be broadened in the Act include the limitations of consultations in determination of fees for medical aid to specific health organisations saying, the amendments seek to expand the scope of consultation to include all health care organisations.

He encouraged employers to register with the Compensation Fund and furnish their particulars as failure to do so, will result in imposition of a fine for such non-compliance.

The new amendments also propose that employers need to keep records of files of the earnings and other prescribed particulars of all the employees for five years instead of the four years as stipulated in the current provision. This will be in line with the National Archives Act.

The Compensation Fund is running public hearings across the country to gather public comments on the COID Amendment bill. Stakeholders have until 18 December 2018 to submit their written submissions which will then be taken back to NEDLAC to be considered for inclusion in the bill.

The Compensation for Occupational Injuries and Diseases Act applies to all employers; casual and full time workers who sustain workplace accident (are injured, disabled, or die) or work- related diseases.

The most significant amendments proposed in the COID Bill are:

• Inclusion of domestic workers under the category of employees for purpose of benefits in terms of the Act

• Rehabilitation and Reintegration framework of injured and or diseased employees into the workplace

• Administrative amendments

• Improvement of some benefits

The next hearing will sit tomorrow, (05 December 2018) in the KwaZulu-Natal province, Durban Gateway Hotel and will be followed by Pietermaritzburg on (06 December) at the Ascot Wedding and Conference Venue.

The public hearings are held from 09:00 – 11:00 am.

For more information contact:

 

Franco Mabuya

Assistant Director: Stakeholder Management

0609898675

 

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Issued by:

 

Teboho Thejane

Departmental Spokesperson

082 697 0694


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