Doctors vow to continue strike

2009-06-23 12:26

Durban - Striking doctors in Durban have vowed to wear red and protest in silence on Wednesday.

"We will stand here tomorrow and there will be no singing out of respect for those patients dying and suffering from HIV/Aids and TB," said Dr Rinesh Chetty on Tuesday.

He was addressing a 450-strong crowd at the Nelson R Mandela Medical School in Durban on the second day of strike action by public sector doctors.

"Doctors will show their compassion by wearing red on Wednesday because we want government to take HIV and Aids seriously," said Chetty.

Deteriorating conditions

He told Sapa the strike was not only about wages but also about the deteriorating conditions they have to work under.

Dozens of motorists hooted in support of the white-coated doctors who had lined up on Umbilo Road outside the medical school since 09:00.

On Monday, public sector doctors went on strike, which affected several Durban hospitals.

They were protesting against delays in implementing the Occupation Specific Dispensation, intended to increase their salaries in line with their levels of experience and stop an exodus to the private sector.