Doctors, nurses fight over $1,5m

HARARE - Doctors and nurses are on a collision course after Zimbabwe Hospital Doctors Association (ZHDA) has accused Zimbabwe Nurses Association (Zina) of being petty by demanding a re-look into disbursement of $1,5 million Treasury made available recently.

In a hard-hitting news release issued on Wednesday, Fortune Nyamande, ZHDA president said it “smacks of great ignorance and myopia for the leadership of Zina to call for the reduction of doctors salaries so as to increase the salaries of nurses”.

“As doctors, we shall never fight on sharing the smaller cake but will always call upon Treasury to give us a larger cake for the benefit of the entire population,” Nyamande said.

ZHDA represents over 300 doctors and Zina represents 18 000 nurses working in government health facilities.

The ZHDA reaction comes after nurses have been absconding night duties, protesting against the unfair disbursement of allowances.

According to Zina, nurses were receiving $12 as allowance, while those who work in offices from district, province and head office were earning around $400.

“This is scandalous and unbelievable,” said Zina, vowing nurses would not report for night shift until the Health Service Board has effected grading anomalies which have disenfranchised the staff for over four years.

The Zina executive was not immediately available to comment on ZHDA’s sentiments.

The sector has generally been riddled by strikes.

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