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Spare a thought for health workers

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Medical professionals in South Africa have to deal with issues which their counterparts elsewhere don’t even have to think of, and now with the Covid-19 pandemic it has become clear, our ruling elite is the country’s greatest comorbidity

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Spare a thought for health workers

Demonstrators hold placards during a protest action organised by the support staff at Helen Joseph Hospital to get tested for the COVID-19 coronavirus and the lack of personal protective equipment in Johannesburg, on May 25, 2020. The protest took place after more than five nurses at the Helen Joseph Hospital tested positive for the COVID-19 coronavirus. (Photo by Michele Spatari / AFP)

Most of us will have seen images of overcrowded ICU wards in hospitals in Italy, Spain and UK – in the early days of the coronavirus pandemic – and will have marvelled at the dedication of those frontline healers, expecting more of the same from our own medical personnel. So, when our doctors and nurses complain, or even threaten not to work, we tend to instantly attack them as unpatriotic, unprofessional and even cowardly. But it is not as simple as that … because the medics in South Africa have to deal with issues their colleagues in Europe and the...

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