STRIKING medical personnel have been suspended forthwith following defiance of a Labour Court order to report to work by 9am yesterday.
By Kudakwashe Pembere
The Health Service Board had promised to take punitive measures against the medical professionals on Sunday which manifested itself today in the form of suspension letters.
Speaking to Health Times, a former Zimbabwe Hospital Doctors Association executive member Dr Mxolisi Ngwenya said the doctors, radiographers and other hospital personnel who partook in the industrial action were called to collect their letters of suspension.
“We have heard our members throughout the country getting calls to come and collect their suspension letters,” said Dr Ngwenya. “They received these calls today following the order by the court that they had to report for duty by 9am yesterday.”
Following the announcement of the disciplinary action to be instituted against the doctors, more provinces have joined the job action.
According to HSB, there were about 553 medical professionals that went on strike.
“The disciplinary action has led to the situation worsening because most of these medical professionals have decided to down their tools as well,” Dr Ngwenya said.