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Should doctors in South Africa go on strike?

Asked by walterallenhaxton (886 points ) May 29th, 2009

They make less than bus drivers at 800$ a month.

According to the agreement, bus drivers with more than three years’ experience were now earning R8 800 a month, compared to junior doctors, who earn R8 000 after six years of study.

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hug_of_war's avatar

Doctors should never go on strike

LKidKyle1985's avatar

just refuse to treat the politicians who made this policy :D

walterallenhaxton's avatar

@hug_of_war They are getting ready to do it anyway. The alternative is to quit. Do you think that is better? I don’t know the whole story but I understand that the conditions are pretty bad there.

walterallenhaxton's avatar

@LKidKyle1985 Don’t treat the boss. I think that many have quit so far. It is the one of the ways that socialized medicine is run.

walterallenhaxton's avatar

Doctors were working up to 36-hour shifts without pay, operating theaters and trauma units were summarily shut down because of a lack of basic supplies and patients were routinely turned away because of a lack of ventilators, beds and medicine.

rhector63's avatar

look, they are there beacuse apparentally they want to be there, unless they were forced there, they like curing

LKidKyle1985's avatar

yeah if they did not want to help people I am sure they would have given up on the profession a long time ago. Its a bitch of a profession even in the states.

Simone_De_Beauvoir's avatar

in some neighborhoods this strike wouldn’t make a difference as there are no doctors

bea2345's avatar

@walterallenhaxton – are they unionized? For what it is worth: the teachers of Trinidad and Tobago went on strike some 35 years ago for the right to form their own union (the law only recognized the existing body, it’s a long story). They got their way. It is amazing how closing down the schools will paralyze a country. Professionals should always perform, no matter what: but you know, the most willing horse must be fed.

walterallenhaxton's avatar

@bea2345 I don’t know about if there is a Union. Things are such a mess there somebody might just say the hell with this and when others hear of it they might do the same. I will e-mail someone who will know much more. Maybe she will come here.

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