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Doctors strike cripples hospital.

Doctors at Haiti's largest public hospital extended a weeklong strike to protest overdue paychecks, leaving dozens of victims of violence and other emergencies struggling to find care, reports AP (Jan. 4, 2005). All 75 resident doctors walked off the job because the government has not paid their salaries for three months, said Albert Camille Archange, director of the General Hospital in the capital, Port-au-Prince. The doctors, who make about US$145 a month, extended the strike after the government ignored their demands. The hospital's 65 interns were also on strike out of solidarity with the residents. The doctors were also protesting the Health Ministry's decision to accept private school students in the residency program, fearing it would bring unfair competition to graduates of the State University.
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Title Annotation:Haiti
Publication:Caribbean Update
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Geographic Code:5HAIT
Date:Feb 1, 2005
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