GOVERNMENT later in the day takes striking doctors to court following their defiance of an order directing them to return to work.
By Kudakwashe Pembere
Health and Child Care Minister Dr Obadiah Moyo had directed the striking doctors to be back at work on Monday but instead the doctors had a demonstration as they handed a letter of their exit from the health apex council.
Dr Moyo in a statement said after finding the doctors had not reported for duty despite their incapacitation, Government sees it fit to drag the doctors before the labour court.
“Further to the statement I issued on Saturday October the 5th 2019 regarding the ongoing withdrawal of labour by some of our doctors,’ today the made an assessment of the situation at our public health institutions and noted that some of the doctors did not take heed of the appeal that we made for them to come back to work this morning at 8’oclock and still chose to stay away from their work stations.
“Government is therefore allowing due legal process to continue with the labour court scheduled for tomorrow, wherein the labour court will determine the legality of the mass job action,” he said.
He thanked, “the doctors and other health care workers who have remained on their post of duty delivering care, saving lives and alleviating suffering.”
Today makes it the 37 th day where striking doctors have not been reporting to work in the pretext of incapacitation. On Monday, they announced their pulling out of the Health Apex Council which negotiates for the doctor’s salaries within the Health Service Bipartite Panel.