MONTEVIDEO -- Public and private doctors began a 24-hour strike Wednesday in Uruguay to protest attacks on physicians in recent days.
Doctors will treat only emergency cases and physicians at hospitals will maintain holiday staffing levels.
The strike was organized in the wake of last week's killing of a well-known neurologist in the northwestern city of Salto by a man who blamed the doctor for his wife's death and the brutal beating of another doctor who was treating an injured person on a Montevideo street.
A poll published Wednesday by the Ultimas Noticias newspaper said 70 percent of medical residents in Uruguay had experienced some type of job-related act of aggression.
Physical violence occurred in 7 percent of the cases, while 60 percent of the cases involved insults against doctors and their work.
Acts of aggression were most common, according to the poll results, at gynecological and pediatric practices.
Members of several national medical associations met Wednesday to discuss the situation.