Doctors contributed to poor health of black South Africans

BMJ 1998; 317 doi: (Published 07 November 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;317:1269
  1. Pat Sidley
  1. Johannesburg

    South Africa's health establishment during the apartheid years had allowed the creation of an environment in which the health of millions of black South Africans was neglected and at times actively compromised, according to the 3500 page report of the Truth And Reconciliation Commission published last week.

    In a relatively small section devoted to health, the commission said that, although there was insufficient evidence to conclude that health professionals had been responsible for gross violations of human rights, they …

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