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NOSIMILO NDLOVU | JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA - Apr 24 2009
The Department of Health says striking doctors owe the nation an explanation for their conduct.
Health Department spokesperson Fidel Hadebe told the Mail & Guardian Online on Friday: "The national Department of Health notes the ongoing illegal and unprotected strike action by some doctors with great concern. How do they justify abandoning patients and in the process exposing them to extreme dangers?"
The strike, which started on Thursday last week, has led to the death of a patient in the North West, and patients are currently being redirected to hospitals where doctors are not striking to prevent any further fatalities.