#BREAKING: Health Workers Down Tools… Reject US$75 COVID-19 Allowances

HEALTH workers across board have downed tools  effective immediately in protest to government’s failure to address their grievances despite numerous calls for an amicable solution to their plight. By Michael Gwarisa In a letter written to the Health Services Board Executive Director, Mrs Ruth Kaseke by representatives from all organisations representing health workers in the country, Health workers demanded that their salaries revert back to the October 1 2018 figures which were pegged in USD terms and indicated that all health workers have rejected the US$75 offer with the contempt…

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#CORONAVIRUS: Zim Doctors & Nurses Down Tools Amid COVID-19 Crisis

ZIMBABWEAN nurses and junior doctors have forthwith withdrawn their services feeling their demands have not been met as the country battles with the global pandemic, Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19). By Kuda Pembere Being the health workers who spend most of the time with the patients, nurses are demanding protective personal equipment(PPE) , a COVID-19 risk allowance as well as water supplies at places of work. Following our letter that was presented to our employer 48 hours ago, informing them to urgently attend to our demands as frontline workers, it seems our…

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#BREAKING: Doctors To Expand Emergency Services In Public Hospitals

SENIOR doctors have agreed to expand the emergency services mode in hospitals in a bid to ease the suffering masses. By Michael Gwarisa In a statement, the Senior Doctors Association of Zimbabwe (SHDA) said the resolution was agreed on following a an exercise they carried out  early this year where they went through the hospitals together with hospital managers; to inspect and physically see the restocking that had been done as well as highlighting on the state of the hospital equipment in the central hospitals around the country. The exercise…

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Don’t Be Fooled, We Are Not Back At Work Says Doctors

DOCTORS under the Zimbabwe Hospital Doctors Association (ZHDA) banner who downed tools four months ago citing incapacitation are yet to resume work despite their rival faction, the Progressive Doctors Association of Zimbabwe (PDAZ) having communicated that 450 have returned to work. By Michael Gwarisa In a statement, the ZHDA said government had not shown any poltical will to resolve the impasse hence the doctors remain incapacitated to return to work and would if government heeds their call. “The situation in our hospitals remains critical. What is only remaining are buildings…

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Senior Doctors Summoned For Disciplinary Hearings

GOVERNMENT has summoned at least 57 senior doctors who downed tools yesterday demanding the reinstatement of the 488 junior doctors who have been fired by government to date. By Michael Gwarisa Senior Hospital Doctors Association (SHDA) president Dr Shingai Nyaguse told HealthTimes this morning that government was not acting in good faith but was instead pursuing retribution. Instead of addressing our concerns, they have summoned senior doctors to disciplinary hearings instead. It is unfortunate that they have focused on the punitive disciplinary measures and have done nothing to address the…

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Doctors Defy Government’s Orders to Return to Work

DOCTORS have defied government’s call to return to work by Monday at 0800hrs arguing their employer has shown “continued ignorance” regarding the issues at stake. SOURCE: NEWZIMBABWE.COM Government medical practitioners have been on strike for the whole of last month especially junior doctors but have since been joined by their senior counterparts. The Zimbabwe Hospitals Doctors Association (ZHDA) in a statement on Sunday stated that Health Minister Obadiah Moyo’s comments were regrettable as he was aware that they (doctors) were equally not happy with the situation at the country’s health…

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Doctors Strike Enters Fourth Week

TODAY marks exactly four weeks since government doctors declared incapacitation as a result of poor living conditions, amidst indications that there could be no hope in sight to the end of the industrial action should government fail to meet their demands. By Michael Gwarisa In a statement, Zimbabwe Hospital Doctors Association (ZHDA) acting Secretary General, Dr Tawanda Zvakada said doctors were committed to resuming work and saving lives but the situation on the ground was no longer workable. Several engagements have been made with the employer to come and address…

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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…

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Proposed Health Services Law To Trigger Massive Brain Drain

THE proposed Health Services Amendment bill could prompt massive skills flight among health professionals should it be passed into law as it stifles the rights of doctors to exercise their democratic right to protest unfavorable working conditions. By Michael Gwarisa In an interview with HealthTimes, Zimbabwe Hospital Doctors Association (ZHDA), acting president, Dr Peter Magombeyi said the proposed bill was draconian and not fit for the 21st century. The first thing that we want to correct about our honorable minister Obadiah Moyo’s statement is the terminology. Doctors are not on…

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There Is No Going Back This Time- Doctors

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.…

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