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Zim doctors down tools after failing to end salary impasse with Govt

By Almot Maqolo

Zimbabwe Senior Hospital Doctors Association (ZSHDA) says it is quite disappointed by the government’s action towards addressing doctors demands and has vowed to embark on strike. This follows responses the association got from the employer-Ministry of Health and Child Care after the expiry of doctors two week notice of intention to strike yesterday.

“It was our hope that there would be some attempt by the government to meet the requests made by doctors which we believe to be very valid and necessary in enabling reasonable service delivery,” said ZSHDA in a letter dated 29 July 2020, directed to secretary for health. “We feel quite disappointed that all we got is really an explanation of how we got where we are and how it is going to remain the same.”

The association said: “This has been the pattern even in times before your tenure and we had really hoped for implantable solutions this time around”. “Since the status quo is going to persist, we regret to advise that our members will now proceed with the work stoppage until it is safe and fair to return to our posts.”

Senior doctors are joining junior doctors and other health professionals who embarked on strike last month. “We do hope that you will reconsider your position in the interests of our patients and your workforce,” ZSHDA added. The government is failing to solve the salaries impasse between itself and healthcare professionals who are not demanding salary increase but a restoration of value of their October 1st 2018 salaries before the re-introduction of the Zimbabwean dollar.

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