Juárez doctors plan 24-hour boycott Monday
Physicians from at least a dozen hospitals in Juárez will boycott their medical duties Monday, making an exception only for emergency care.
Their strike will last 24 hours and is aimed at pushing the government to crack down on extortionists and kidnappers. The doctors are taking their stand about a week after gunmen abducted and killed an orthopedic surgeon in Juárez.
The doctors’ committee says at least 20 physicians have been kidnapped since June 2008, and at least five have been murdered.
By no means are physicians more affected than other residents of Juárez, said Dr. Arturo Hernández, a general practitioner.
But physicians in Mexico are well-organized, most being members of a union, he said.
“This will put some pressure on all the levels of government,” Hernández said.
Striking doctors want a better strategy from the government to combat kidnappers and extortionists. They also want the government to do more to solve murders and prosecute killers.