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Police in Sudan clash with doctors pushing for nationwide strike


June 2, 2010 (KHARTOUM) — The Sudanese security forces on Wednesday rounded doctors protesting the arrest of several of their leaders who have spearheaded a call for strike over demand for better pay and working conditions.

Yesterday, authorities detained Ahmed Al-Abwabi and Al-Hadi Bakhit immediately after it was announced that the doctors who joined a committee, formed to press for better wages, will go on strike until their demands are met.

Other committee members were beaten and arrested on Wednesday at Khartoum Teaching Hospital according to multiple sources while police prevented many more doctors from joining a meeting there.

This year Sudanese doctors stepped up their rhetoric against the government claiming they have millions in back wages and also demanded a pay increase as well as improving housing and work environment.

But last March following failed negotiations with health ministry, Sudanese president Omer Hassan Al-Bashir reportedly ordered the ministry of health to fire any doctor part of the strike but it appeared that the decision was retracted.

Bashir yesterday issued a decree ordering a 2,000 pound salary increase and reimbursements under different categories. However some doctors expressed skepticism that Bashir’s directives would be implemented and vowed to continue strike until their leaders and colleagues are released.


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  • 3 June 2010 07:25, by Jonglei-watchdog

    That is the Sudan the South want to seperate from. One head can not manage the north and the south fairly. Let the South go.

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    • 3 June 2010 08:20, by Flora Tong


      Doctors in South Sudan just came out from strike!. They are the worst paid and have very difficult living conditions! 90% of Southern Sudanese doctors and consultants are not in the South. We have the best doctors, excellent and hard working doctors more than you can imagine.

      The reasons for us separating from the North are far beyond just that doctors strike in the North but for greater reasons for greater pride and dignity and dependency. So that when our own governments are not giving us or doctors what they deserve we also go for strike!
      It is a normal thing worldwide for professional unions to pressure their governments to give them what they deserve although medicine is a humanitarian work. I am a doctor myself but not in public sector and will be back there soon

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      • 3 June 2010 08:23, by Flora Tong

        It is also unfortunate that we are measuring ourselves with what the North does! Why should we take them as the standard? The North is nothing and the South is everything.

        We need to measure ourselves with Sweden for example so that we have a great goal for our citizens well being

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        • 3 June 2010 13:39, by musa daud

          Mrs / Mr. Flora,

          We measure ourselves with countries like Sweden? what a joke? Live in your illusion, in fact you are just oral or lower GIT flora.

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      • 3 June 2010 15:34, by Marco A. Wek

        Flora Tong you quite right, doctors strike has nothing to do with whatever choice Southern Sudanese would make in 2011 referendum. Quite good number of People in the South have not seen real doctors in their lives and have or had to depend on herbal medications. Our grievances are far greater than doctors strike in Northern Sudan.

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      • 4 June 2010 01:50, by julius mowanga

        Dr Flora;

        I am a MD too specialised in tropical medicine working in Yambio without pay for a very long-time, till considered my self a volunteer doctor.Eventhough i acquire a Canadian Citizenship and should pay income-taxes to my foster country, i rely on my own budget to survive in Sudan.It’s not a big deal for us who already made a tremendous amount of money out of our professionalism in diaspora,but for those colleagues who are under NCP’s rule and regulations deserves a better incentives and considerations.

        SouthSudan is already an independent region since 2005,federally.So the South Sudanese doctors- even the Northerns "Jalaba" doctors who operate in the South of Sudan-are exempted from the strike,because they are under GOSS’s not the Federal payroll.So don’t worry and come back, please inorder to deliver the denied modern medical services that our people in South Sdan,are in desperate needs for it.May God bless you and secure your return to the motherland peacefully.


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      • 4 June 2010 07:04, by Jonglei-watchdog

        Flora Tong

        Among the things that the South would like to seperate from north involves resources. Yes or no? And if yes as I know, how could you imagine, the government in the north paying doctors in the north and in the South fairly?

        Don’t just be a narrow-minded doctor. you need to think big.


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