Health, Finance Ministers Directed To Address Doctors’ Plight

CABINET has tasked Health and Finance Ministers to urgently address allowance grievances by junior doctors whose declaration of incapacitation has  further crippled the health delivery system.

By Kudakwashe Pembere

Briefing the media in the 32nd Cabinet Decision matrix on Tuesday, Information, Media and Broadcasting Services Minister Monica Mutsvangwa said they learnt that the doctors received their Cost of Living Adjustment monies last week.

“The Minister of Health and Child Care briefed Cabinet on the strike action by some junior doctors over their conditions of service. Cabinet noted that the junior doctors had already been awarded a cost of living adjustment of 60% and directed the Minister of Health and Child Care, together with the Minister of Finance and Economic Development, to urgently look into the outstanding issue of the review of their health-related allowances so as to bring back normalcy in the health sector,” she said.

Doctors declared incapacitation recently complaining that their income had been eroded by inflation. They demanded their salaries to be pegged along the interbank forex rates.

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