South African doctors work to rule

BMJ 1996; 313 doi: (Published 12 October 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;313:899

Dissatisfied public service doctors in South Africa's most populated province, Gauteng, went on an effective work to rule, forcing the closure of casualty departments and emergency services after hours in many hospitals throughout the province.

It is the first time doctors in South Africa have carried out industrial action. Many of the areas affected serve the province's poorest residents, who rely on state hospitals for their medical requirements. Gauteng province contains Johannesburg, Soweto, and Pretoria, as well as several vast sprawling industrial …

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