GOVERNMENT doctors who downed tools today (September 3 2019) citing incapacitation as a result of the prevailing economic woes, have vowed to dig in until their demands are met.
By Michael Gwarisa
In an interview with HealthTimes, Zimbabwe Hospital Doctors Association (ZHDA) acting president Dr Peter Magombeyi said they will not be forced into submission by any tricks and negotiations need to be impartial and sincere.
It’s incapacitation and not a strike and yes the doctors have heeded the call to withhold their services and not to report for work.
“We are continuing with negotiations as long as a reasonable offer is tabled and our members are satisfied,” said Dr Magombeyi.
He said accepting the 60% increment would compromise their chances of bargaining for a better offer.
Efforts to get a comment from Health Services Board (HSB) Spokesperson Tryfine Dzukutu were not successful as she said she was not at work and was not aware of the happenings at public health hospitals.
ZHDA says they accepted the 60% from government but it still renders them incapacitated and until this (incapacitation) is solved, there is no going back this times around.
This is the fourth time doctors have declared incapacitation since the month of June this year over the high costs of living and what they term “Slave Wages” which have been eroded by hyperinflation.
Early this year, junior doctors from all public hospitals downed tools. However, they had to call off the strike after decisions emerged amidst indications that some doctors were bribed into calling off the strike.
The doctors are rejecting the 60% cost of living adjustment which they believe is a mockery to the hard working men and women. However, some civil servants including doctors have since accepted the 60% salary increment a situation which according to some doctors has already divided doctors ahead of the announced strike.