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As hospitals around SA battle the coronavirus, and exhausted health-care workers bear the brunt of a surge in cases, there is an obvious, if sidelined, way to manage the crisis: hire more doctors at state hospitals.

These hospitals are perpetually short-staffed. Covid-19 has simply made matters worse: doctors are working brutally long shifts, and treating sick patients on ventilators amid a new round of load-shedding...

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