Doctors Threaten To Go On Strike

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Sat, 20 Jan 2018 12:31:33 GMT
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Doctors Threaten To Go On Strike

In a letter dated January 18, 2018, addressed to the minister of Health and Child Care David Parirenyatwa, doctors threatened to strike unless their demands are addressed as part of government’s 100-day plan.

The doctors’ list of demands includes a 50% increase of the current on-call allowance from $360 to $720. They also want Government to lift the recruitment freeze as well as to be allowed to bring vehicles into the country, duty free. Part of the letter by the Zimbabwe Hospital Doctors Association (ZHDA) reads:

We, the patriotic doctors working day and night in Zimbabwe government hospitals, convey the following as our minimum expectations on the new government’s first 100 days in office of President Emmerson Mnangagwa.

The vehicle duty assisted framework agreed upon with the Health Services Board in 2017 must be urgently implemented. No doctor should have to resort to public transport when they rush to respond to medical emergencies and on call duty.

The blanket freeze for recruitment of doctors and other health workers must be urgently scrapped. Currently we have one doctor per 250 000 people. ZHDA sincerely hopes that the government will deliver on the key demands within the 100 days plan otherwise doctors will resort to industrial action for these issues to be resolved.

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ZHDA has over 3000 members.

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