Articles tagged 'doctors strike'

Govt must urgently solve doctor's grievances 14 March 2019 Government should seriously look at concerns raised by senior doctors over the dire situation at the country's public hospitals. Yesterday, the senior doctors took their grievances to the street as they have realised it is the only way to draw government's attention.
Health ministry apologises for loss of lives 12 January 2019 HARARE - The Health and Child Care ministry has issued a public apology for the loss of lives and suffering during the just-ended doctors' strike. In a statement published in the press, the ministry expressed appreciation for the citizens' endurance during the crisis. “The ministry of Healt...
Doctors end 40-day strike 11 January 2019 HARARE - Doctors have called off their 40-day industrial action after the Health and Child Care ministry made commitments to meet their demands, the Zimbabwe Hospital Doctors Association (ZHDA) has said. The medical practitioners have been on strike since the beginning of December last year, d...
'First lady overstepping her mandate' 7 January 2019 HARARE - President Emmerson Mnangagwa is facing allegations of allowing his wife Auxilia “to usurp constitutional power”.  Analysts said Mnangagwa's wife has no right to run government, and questioned in what capacity she met striking doctors when she has no constitutional role in the State bu...
Unpacking Zimbabwe's wobbling health system 6 January 2019 HARARE - Is the doctors’ strike about their conditions of service or the state of the health sector?  The correct answer is both.  I will briefly state the structural issues in the health sector then conditions of service for health workers (not just doctors). Let us not defend this gove...
Govt should urgently resolve dispute with doctors 6 January 2019 HARARE - Morale and motivation of medical personnel require urgent attention, even in the midst of economic challenges. A legacy of poor policies over years has left healthcare devastated.  The current junior doctors’ strike is just but one of many ills. The new dispensation ushered hope...
Govt sets spies on striking doctors 5 January 2019 HARARE - Government is using unorthodox tactics including political intimidation to force striking doctors to abort their industrial action, the Zimbabwe Hospital Doctors Association (ZHDA) has claimed. Following recent claims by government that the industrial action which has gone for over a ...
Solve doctors' grievances ASAP 5 January 2019 HARARE - President Emmerson Mnangagwa, who has reportedly been forced to cut his vacation short due to the worsening health crisis, needs to address the doctors’ grievances immediately. Zimbabweans are dying and suffering because of the continuing unavailability of doctors and for that reason ...
Labour unrest as teachers, nurses & senior doctors join strike 4 January 2019 HARARE - Zimbabwe has been plunged into a labour crisis of monumental proportions after senior doctors, nurses and teachers joined the ongoing strike by junior doctors which is now more than a month old. Nurses in the country’s public hospitals as well as their counterparts in the education se...
Another setback for striking doctors 3 January 2019 HARARE - Junior doctors have lost their quest to get permission to appeal against a Labour Court ruling that ordered them to end their month-long industrial action. The doctors had filed an application for leave to appeal in a bid to challenge justices Betty Chidziva and Gladys Mhuri’s ruling ...
Doctors vow to continue their month-long industrial action 3 January 2019 HARARE - Striking junior doctors have vowed to continue with their month-long industrial action despite claims by government that the two sides have reached a consensus on the majority of their demands. Zimbabwe Hospital Doctors Association (ZHDA) secretary-general Mthabisi Bhebhe told the Dai...
'Govt must value human lives' 31 December 2018 HARARE - Crisis in Zimbabwe Coalition has warned that grave consequences loom if the doctors' situation is not civilly addressed in respect of human lives that are currently being lost in hospitals. Following the cholera outbreak, the conglomeration of more than 80 civil society organisations ...
Doctors' hearing set for today 31 December 2018 HARARE - The hearing where the striking medical practitioners sought leave to appeal at the Supreme Court has been moved to today (Monday) after lawyers representing the Health Service Board (HSB) failed to appear in court on Saturday. Zimbabwe Hospital Doctors Association (ZDHA) filed an urge...
Please save our doctors 31 December 2018 HARARE - The handling thus far by the government of the ongoing industrial action by the country's medical doctors has left a lot to be desired — reflecting very poorly on both the bona fides and humanity of the so-called 'new dispensation' now in power. To those who may be confused about the ...
Senior doctors give govt 48-hr ultimatum 30 December 2018 HARARE - Senior doctors have given government a 48-hour deadline to address the striking junior and middle level doctors' grievances, noting that their suspension has only crippled the health delivery system which was already struggling. In a statement dated December 28, the consultants and se...
Govt gets stick for being insensitive, cruel to plight of the sick 29 December 2018 HARARE - With the doctors' strike going on for weeks without any solution in sight, concerned Zimbabweans have blasted government for being confrontational and not amicable to professional negotiations with the medical practitioners. Apart from the doctors being on strike, nurses have resolved...
Doctors blast 'misled' Chiwenga 29 December 2018 HARARE - Doctors yesterday came out guns blazing, telling Acting President Constantino Chiwenga that government did not spend a single cent in educating them. They said their parents, guardians and family actually sent them to school adding they are qualified doctors who hold degrees from accr...
'We are a sick nation' 29 December 2018 HARARE - They say “a healthy nation is a happy nation while a sickly nation is a sad nation”. Today Zimbabwe is a “sad nation” because of an ailing health sector saddled by drug shortages and a crippling strike by doctors. With the doctors away from their stations, the sight of nurses might...
Chiwenga escalates govt, doctors' fight 28 December 2018 HARARE - Acting President Constantino Chiwenga yesterday warned that government will soon introduce a new law regulating the hiring of doctors after he came face-to-face with the dire situation at one of the hospitals affected by the on-going industrial action by disgruntled medical practitioners...
Doctors' strike goes up a gear 27 December 2018 HARARE - In the latest standoff between the government and striking junior doctors, senior medical personnel have now joined the industrial action by their juniors — leading to the suspension of major procedures at public health institutions across the country. This follows the government's il...
Pain and death at hospitals 27 December 2018 HARARE - As the doctors' strike escalates almost reaching a month, the situation at the hospitals has become dire with patients being turned away while others are forcibly discharged due to the absence of doctors. The junior doctors from most of the provinces who make up the bulk of doctors in...
Spare a thought for the sick 27 December 2018 HARARE - A visit to any of the country's major hospitals is heart-breaking while government continues to ignore labour issues raised by doctors who have downed tools. The doctors are demanding better working conditions, payment in US dollars, stocking of medicines and equipment in hospitals. ...
Doctors take fight to Supreme Court 24 December 2018 HARARE - Following Saturday's ruling by the Labour Court declaring the strike by junior doctors illegal, the medical practitioners are escalating their case to the Supreme Court. Munyaradzi Gwisai, who is representing the junior doctors and is being instructed by the Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human...
Unpacking junior doctors' strike – What are the issues? 20 December 2018 HARARE - Collective, organised, cessation or slowdown of work by employees to force acceptance of their demands by the employer is commonly known as a strike.  In 2016, English doctors staged their first strike in 40 years over government plans to reform pay, conditions of service and working ...
Court throws out govt bid to declare doctors' strike illegal 17 December 2018 HARARE - The Labour Court ruled on Friday that the ongoing strike by doctors was legal. The Court threw out an application in which the Health Services board (HSB) sought to have the strike deemed illegal. In its application, the HSB condemned the doctors' industrial action arguing that the...