Doctors, nurses' fight escalates

HARARE - Zimbabwe Nurses Association (Zina) has scoffed at the unrestrained attack by Zimbabwe Hospital Doctors Association (ZHDA), describing the remarks as not representative of the doctors’ fraternity.

At the centre of the fight is $1,5 million availed this January by Treasury to cover health sector employees’ allowances.

Nurses feel the money is being shared disproportionately with doctors getting the lion’s share and are now absconding night duties in protest.

However, doctors believe if Zina’s demands are met, their current allowances will be reduced.

Last Wednesday, Fortune Nyamande, the ZHDA president, described the demands by nurses as “petty”. In a hard-hitting news release issued last Wednesday, Nyamande 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”.

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

Mugove Chipfurutse, Zina organising secretary, yesterday said Nyamande’s remarks were misguided and misplaced.

“We do not work for doctors but we work with doctors,” Chipfurutse told the Daily News.

“Our grievances are directed at our employer not Nyamande. We are saying, what we want is fair distribution of the $1,5 million by the Health Service Board (HSB) and I don’t see where he comes in.

“We wish them the best as they address their own problems within the parameters of their profession. As Zina, we fight our own wars and meet when we continue to serve the nation.”

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.

According to a circular released by Harare Central Hospital, the strike has stopped the hospital from accepting referral cases until nurses are back at work full time. Commenting on the on-going strike, Chipfurutse said nurses were not going to accept any piece-meal redress offered by the employer.

“We are no longer sure how long it will take for any remaining issues to be implemented if it took five years for the HSB to implement re-grading,” he said, indicating negotiations and consultations are continuing in the hope of a solution to the grievances.

The sector has generally been riddled by strikes.


Comments (6)

Ngatitaurirane munezvakanaka vanhu vararame vanorwara, tisa rasikirwe nehupenyu hwevanhu.

tichaona - 5 May 2015

there are a lot of nurses who are at home due to the frozen posts, Harare Central hospital can announce and call all those nurses to come immediately and leave those who have refused to work at their homes. The nurses must not get their wages for the days on strike and no one should sympathize with these mercinaries. Besides they are naturally a rude lot, have been to harare hospital , and these idiots were busking in sunshine, whilst lives were being lost. Fire them period.

reason - 6 May 2015

The issue is not who is employed and who is not employed. The issue is fair treatment to nurses as part of the system responsible to look after our health system. Vakagara kumba nevasina vakafanana parizvino....varikushanda, they are not getting anything sustainable. Vasiri kushanda have noting sustainable. The negotiations are meant to address the building block.

Munya The Big Baboon - 6 May 2015

Some people are just big mouthed..unotukirei ipapa? If you are satisfied with the current situation just shut up. Which sector currently can you point at and you say they are doing their work whole heartedly and happily? I stopped blaming civil servants long back and even those in the private sector. If you pay peanuts you expect monkey service...voitasei maCshbert ariiwo anotora mari pasina zvinogadziriswa. Hope for civilized Zimbabweans to come together for the development of this nation not to sustain a few rich buggers

dollarman - 6 May 2015

its high time we respect those who offer services.

thomas - 6 May 2015

@Reason, i dont think you have applied reasoning in saying what you said. Even your master Robert would advocate for win win solution between the ministry of health and its employees other than advocating the firing of employees. Do you know how much it cost to cut ties in terms of employment offered on a permananent basis. Dont be a foolhard supporter who just say statements thinking you are defending Zanu pf when infact you are exposing your shallowness. This is not about politics its about the welfare of the striking nurses.

Big Meech Larry Hoover - 7 May 2015

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