Strike cripples health services in South Africa

BMJ 2007; 334 doi: (Published 14 June 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;334:1240
  1. Pat Sidley
  1. Johannesburg

    Some 600 nurses have been fired from South Africa's public hospitals for taking part in a large civil service strike that has crippled many hospitals, schools, and other government services. The strike, which is largely about pay and conditions but also signals civil servants' opposition to the government's economic policy, has led to many health services effectively shutting down, while others are taking only the most critically ill patients.

    The dismissal of the nurses has added new impetus to the strike, which has …

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