oa South African Journal of Bioethics and Law - Politics, Pollyannas and health

Volume 2, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1999-7639



The recent industrial action by health care professionals underscores the gloomy and progressively worsening state of affairs in the health care sector. The reaction of their employer (the Department of Health) has been one of scathing criticism of a professional group who have dared to go 'against their calling' and the Hippocratic Oath that they took at graduation, making health care professionals vulnerable by the very noble and righteous pledges that they have made. And of course, the Department, true to its machiavellian modus operandi, has chosen to exploit this vulnerability and hold these professionals ransom to the Oath. Moreover, they have tried to use the Labour Relations Act No. 66 of 1995 as a legal ploy to declare the actions by the health care professionals illegal.

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