Doctors threaten crippling strike

HARARE - Doctors have threatened to unfurl a crippling strike citing unfavourable economic conditions that have virtually wiped off their salaries.

Mxolisi Ngwenya, spokesperson of the Zimbabwe Hospital Doctor’ Association (ZHDA), told the Daily News on Sunday yesterday that the doctors are not happy with a number of issues that include unfulfilled promises, as well as the unsustainable salaries.

“Doctors are very much disgruntled with the situation…talks have been going on for a long time with government, however, there has been no tangible output. A lot of members are contemplating on embarking on an industrial action,” Ngwenya said, adding that the initial plans were to officially start the industrial action yesterday.

He said the disgruntlement within the sector is palpable. Among some of the issues that the doctors are complaining about is the lack of proper equipment in hospitals, price increases of basic commodities against eroded RTGS salaries and the move by government to charge duty on car imports in foreign currency.

Ngwenya said some doctors had already stopped reporting for duty in some institutions.

“I have, however, received reports that some members have already started their industrial action, saying that they have no fuel or bus fare to report to their work stations,” he said.

Government has always been at loggerheads with doctors over unfulfilled promises.

Efforts to get a comment from Health minister Obadiah Moyo, could not yield results yesterday.

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Comments (1)

The government has no plan of action and failed again and again to prioritize. The donation from China to build new parliament building should have gone to revamping clean water supply and stocking up drugs which hospitals don't even have. What is the rationale of going for a new parliament building to accommodate uneconomic mass of MPs and Senators instead of streamlining. Instead of using the money to stop the root cause of cholera they opt for new parliament.

Eddy - 2 December 2018

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