Moroccan doctors, instead of their usual white uniform, were clad in black on Wednesday, November 28.
Rabat – Moroccan public sector doctors showed up to work on Wednesday wearing black to condemn working conditions in healthcare.
After some doctors resigned en masse, and in response to a call by the Independent Union of Public Sector Doctors, Moroccan healthcare employees declared Wednesday a national day of mourning for the deplorable conditions in Moroccan healthcare. The doctors were also protesting the Ministry of Health’s lack of response to their concerns.
Public health employees across Morocco—from Oujda, Tetouan, and Tangier in the north to Sale and Temara on the coast and Fez and Marrakech in the interior—put their usual white uniforms aside to protest an unsuitable working environment which they attribute to a lack of planning, poor governance, and insufficient funding.
Zerhouni indicated that most health care facilities in Morocco lack the necessary equipment and infrastructure to meet the needs of Moroccan patients.
In October, Moroccan doctors threatened to go overseas to seek better opportunities.
The union issued a statement condemning the small percentage of the government’s budget dedicated to the health sector, the shutting down of many health centers,, the lack of infrastructure in many hospitals and health centers, and corruption and irregularities in many hospital centers across the country.