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Statement on the Doctors` Strike

29 June 2009

The African National Congress (ANC) is disappointed at the irresponsible conduct of the striking doctors who continue to cripple the functioning of public health in South African hospitals with what appears to be an incoherent sporadic rolling mass action.

If the death of Gauteng accident victim Mavis Ncube who died after being turned away by two State hospitals is anything to go by, the striking doctors have lost the public trust and respect. They have neglected carrying out their noble duty.

While the ANC has empathy for the striking doctors, utter disregard for the sick and dying, cannot go on unchallenged.

Amid a global recession, the ANC-led Government has shown a commitment to address the wage dispute by making an affordable offer. We call on the striking doctors to return to work and resolve outstanding issues of dispute through the Bargaining Chamber.

The ANC 2009 Manifesto places health as one of our key priorities. Mindful of the fact that we have achieved much in the past 15 years but more still needs to be done, we are committed to work together with all key sectors in our society through a social compact to continue transforming health care in our country.

Issued by:
Jessie Duarte
National Spokesperson

Enquiries:
Brian Sokutu 071 671 6899