[DEBATE] : (Fwd) SA doctors on strike
pbond at mail.ngo.za
Sun Apr 26 08:29:41 BST 2009
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Doctors’ protest action spreads
24.04.2009 Khopotso Bodibe
Doctors at Soweto’s Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital are the latest to
join their colleagues in various parts of the country in a protest
action over low pay and poor working conditions.
A doctor that did not want to be named said that doctors at the hospital
“took a collective decision to go on a go-slow”.
“It means that we are offering emergency services, as in casualty and
emergency services in the wards, as needed. But doctors will be
sitting-in in their tea room and they will be carrying placards and
demonstrating”, he said.
Protest action at Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital, the largest health
care centre in the southern hemisphere, started yesterday afternoon
ahead of a crucial bargaining council meeting to be held this morning.
The protest action started at Dr George Mukhari Hospital in Tshwane,
Gauteng, last Thursday. It has since spread to a number of hospitals in
Limpopo, the North West where 50 doctors were dismissed in Mafikeng as
well as to the Free State, the Eastern Cape and Mpumalanga. Reading from
his notes, the anonymous Chris Hani Baragwanath doctor listed their
demands as follows:
“Safe working conditions and better resources to improve patient care,
immediate filling of vacant posts, OSD implementation as presented to
the bargaining council with effect as soon as possible, immediate
reinstatement of doctors dismissed in the North West without any
“If all of this is not agreed to within 48 hours, then this may
escalate”, he added, warning of a possible full-scale national strike
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