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.