30 May 2009

Hospital doctors demand higher pay

10:57 am on 30 May 2009

Doctors in South Africa have taken part in marches to demand a 50% pay rise and more government investment in hospitals.

The BBC reports there have already been several weeks of strikes and pickets by medical professionals.

Earlier this week, South Africa's economy went into recession for the first time since 1992.

The South African Medical Association, which organised marches in the capital, Pretoria, the port city of Durban and Bisho in the Eastern Cape, says doctors are overworked and underpaid, sometimes working up to 36 hours without a break.