GOVERNMENT says it has paid doctors the agreed Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) following their declaration of incapacitation.
By HealthTimes Reporter
In a statement issued by the Health and Child Care Ministry said a meeting on negotiations of the COLA was done last Wednesday.
“The Health Service Bipartite Negotiating Panel (HSBNP) at its meeting held on the 28th of August 2019, agreed on a Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) to be paid to members of the Health Service with effect from 1 August 2019,” said the Health ministry.
The Ministry confirmed that health workers starting Wednesday (yesterday)started receiving the money.
“Government availed resources for the implementation of the agreed Cost of Living Adjustment. The Ministry of Health and Child Care confirms that health workers have been paid COLA through the normal salary disbursement channels today the 4th of September 2019,” said the Health Ministry.
Zimbabwe Hospital Doctors Association acting president Dr Peter Mugombeyi said doctors must be fairly treated as workers who have full labour rights like any worker in Zimbabwe.
“They have a right for collective bargaining and to demand better conditions of services. We therefore reject any attempts meant to interfere with these rights.We remind the Minister that he is expected to come up with policies that are meant to enable doctors as health care providers in discharging their duties, and suggest solutions to that effect.
“We wish to reaffirm that doctors are committed in providing lifesaving services to fellow countrymen. The current economic environment has made it difficult for a majority of our members to attend to their important obligation as doctors .The current salary our members are receiving has lost buying power as it has not been reviewed since the previous year when it was pegged at equilibrium with the USD. The salary has been effectively devalued ten times, leaving us incapacitated,” he said.