Government should engage the doctors to avert the looming strike action

THE Community Working Group on Health (CWGH) executive director, Mr Itai Rusike has called on government to consider reengaging doctors who have downed tools to avoid plunging the country’s already ailing health sector into a deeper crisis. Government doctors last week gave notice that they would go on strike following their rejection of a 60% salary increase offer. Mr Rusike said there doctors demands were not ridiculous and government should engage in good faith if the situation is to be averted. The doctors want their salaries to be adjusted to…

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Nationwide Doctors Strike In Three Days

GOVERNMENT hospital doctors say they will be withdrawing their services from most public hospitals in the next three days following a stalemate in negotiations between the Health Apex council and government over the salary and cost of living adjustment issue By Michael Gwarisa In a letter, Zimbabwe Hospital Doctors Association (ZHDA) acting president, Dr Peter Magombeyi said attempts to engage government had proved futile despite numerous attempts to engage diplomatically. This letter serves as a notice that starting the 3rd of September this year, doctors from Mpilo, Bulawayo United, Parirenyatwa…

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Minister Moyo Threatens To Fire Parirenyatwa Management

…As Health Crisis Deepens …Foreign Supplies Reject Zim USD Payments   HEALTH and Child Care Minister, Dr Obadiah Moyo has cracked his whip on Parirenyatwa Group of Hospitals management for failing to arrest the prevailing drugs and sundries crisis at the institution which has forced senior doctors to withdraw their services until the situation  has normalised. By Michael Gwarisa The decline in health services at Parirenyatwa hospital has forced medical doctors to attend to emergency surgeries only, leaving millions of health seekers stranded.  The management team at Parirenyatwa which is…

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‘HSB Negotiating In Bad Faith’

ZIMBABWEAN doctors are not pleased with the relaxed approach taken by the Health Services Board and Government in dealing with the obtaining strike, it has emerged. By Kudakwashe Pembere In a statement, Zimbabwe Hospital Doctors Association’s spokesperson Dr Anele Bhebhe acknowledged Health and Childcare Minister Dr Obadiah Moyo’s keenness in solving the situation. “We recognise the effort of the Honourable Minister of Health Dr Obadiah Moyo, in creating a negotiation platform for the grievances to be addressed,” he said. But the association is concerned by the casual manner their case …

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Gvt To Blame For Recurrent Doctors Strikes- CWGH

FAILURE by government to come up with a pro poor national budget which priorities basic health needs, is the leading cause for perennial strikes by medical doctors and other health staff, the Community Working Group on Health (CWGH) has said. By Michael Gwarisa Within a single year,  doctors have twice embarked on  nationwide strikes that have crippled operations at all major health institutions resulting in the untold suffering of patients and possibly numerous deaths that could have been avoided. CWGH Executive Director Mr Itai Rusike said it was shocking that…

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Doctors Urged To Be Professional

MEDICAL doctors have been implored to be professional in their conduct amidst indications that lack of management skills among medical doctors appears to be a major barrier to improving health throughout the world. By Michael Gwarisa Addressing medical doctors at the public health practitioners Leadership symposium in Harare, Fellow of the Faculty of Leadership and Management, Dr Brighton Chireka said in as much as there are challenges impeding the progression of medical practice in Zimbabwe, there was need for practitioners to adapt with times and act as servants to the…

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‘Weeping’ doctor SUSPENDED

THE Zimbabwe Hospital Doctors Association has expelled the ‘weeping’ Dr Patrick Mugoni from the association pending a hearing following his onion-eyed stunt at a Zanu PF Gweru rally on Thursday. By Kuda Pembere With crocodile tears, the former secretary Dr Mugoni overwhelmed with gratitude let his emotions get the best of him as he thanked President Emmerson Mnangagwa and his Vice President Constantine Chiwenga for their intervention which saw doctors receive the salary increment they spent a month striking for. Riled by his actions, doctors lodged complaints against him which…

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#BREAKING: Doctors Strike Finally Over

A crippling doctors industrial action which lasted 30 days has finally come to an end amidst indications that the negotiating parties have finally come to an agreement over sticky issues which include On-call allowances, night duty allowances among others. By Michael Gwarisa This review in the allowances is effective April, 1 2018 which will see doctors assuming their duties at all hospitals. The doctors ended the one month long strike following intervention by President Emmerson Mnangagwa who is reported to have directed the Health Services Board and the Ministry of…

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Minister Should Stop Cheap Media Propaganda- Striking Doctors

HEALTH and Child Care minister, Dr David Parirenyatwa should stop his cheap media propaganda and address doctors concerns before more people die, vice President and spokesperson for the Zimbabwe Hospitals Doctors Association (ZDHA), Dr Mxolisi Ngwenya has said. By Michael Gwarisa Speaking to Journalists on the sidelines of a doctors demo at Parirenyatwa Hospital, Ngwenya said they were cognizant of the situation at the hospitals and that more people were at risk but they would not return to work until government heeds to their call. “We want our rural medical…

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