Address doctors' grievances

EDITOR — I think it is high time authorities take doctors’ grievances seriously.

At times people do not take some things seriously because they may not directly or indirectly have been affected.

If a relative of yours visits a hospital and fails to get assistance, that is when you begin to feel the urgency of the matter.

Like any other worker, employees need adequate remuneration over and above fair working conditions. I am not suggesting that government should bow to strike action but there is need for authorities to swallow their pride and face the problem head-on.

People arraying in public health institutions which are staffed mainly by junior doctors. I have a colleague whose sister was due to undergo surgery in the past few days. This could not happen because of the ongoing strike and chances are the illness could actually get worse.

Zimbabwean private health institutions charge exorbitant prices for services. Even for someone on medical aid the shortfalls are still out of reach.

I personally ended up undergoing surgery in neighbouring Zambia for a knee problem because I was expected to fork out almost

$7 000 as shortfall with my medical insurance paying way less than 50 percent of the total cost of over $11 000.

In a way, most Zimbabweans are forced to rely on public health institutions. Most of the provincial and national referral centres attend to serious illnesses that would have come from district as well as primary health centres.

Government has to urgently come up with a workable solution for the current impasse for the good of all Zimbabweans.

As things stand, it is the ordinary person once again who is thrown at risk. We have enough problems in the country as a result of the liquidity crunch.

We need healthy citizens and government has to come up with a permanent solution to the doctors’ strike now.

Zvino WaFish

Zengeza 1,

Chitungwiza

Comments (1)

politcians do not use local hospitals so they dont care. As it is we are told they want to raise $8m to feast at their congress. Companies who are failing to pay their workers are forced to contribute . who is fooling who in zim.electorate wakeup.they cant pay yo doctor but are able to raise $8m to blow.

hezvoka - 11 November 2014

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