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Public support wanes for striking doctors in South Africa

BMJ 2009; 339 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.b2764 (Published 07 July 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;339:b2764
  1. Pat Sidley
  1. 1Johannesburg

    Doctors in South Africa who have been striking since the end of May have again rejected the government’s latest offer, intended to redress a range of issues, including poor pay and conditions and inadequate facilities.

    The strike—which the government says is illegal, as doctors are regarded as “emergency workers”—has closed public hospitals in several provinces in South Africa with the poorest and sickest patients. These include KwaZulu-Natal and Mpumalanga, which have higher than average rates of HIV infection, tuberculosis, and other diseases. Interrupting treatment for HIV and tuberculosis can cause resistance to treatment, leading to new problems. …

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