This week’s open letter from healthcare professionals appealing to finance minister Enoch Godongwana to reverse the budget cuts to health is a well-timed reminder that it is always society’s poorest and most vulnerable citizens who pay the price for the government’s bad decisions.

Senior clinicians from Cape Town’s top public hospitals, supported by more than a thousand signatories, set out in cold detail the harm done to patients as the Western Cape health department has been forced to implement a hiring freeze in response to the budget crisis...

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