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April 15, 2005

To draw attention to their demand for a higher uniform allowance, South African nurses are wearing pajamas and nighties to work, according to the Reuters news agency.

But the tactic is drawing criticism from health officials, who say the nurses are confusing patients and turning hospitals into bedrooms.

The nurses began wearing pajamas to work on Monday and vowed to continue doing so until their demands were met. "This campaign is the only way we can exercise our rights," said Itumeleng Molaplhegi, provincial shop steward for the Democratic Nurses Organization of South Africa. Protesters noted that, among other things, they are allotted only $9 a year for shoes.

Health Minister Manto Tshabalala-Msimang called the protest premature and said steps to raise the uniform allowance were being looked at. Other health officials said the protest posed a potential security problem because it made it difficult to distinguish between patients and nurses, meaning anyone could walk into the hospitals pretending to be a nurse.

Source: Reuters, via Yahoo!

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