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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We Can’t Continue Subsidising Gvt Says Doctors

DOCTORS from across all government hospitals in the country have declared incapacitation in the wake of a 60% cost of living adjustment which was tabled by government last week which they say is insufficient. By Michael Gwarisa In a letter directed to the Health Services Board (HSB), Zimbabwe Hospital Doctors Association (ZHDA) acting president Dr Peter Magombeyi said the situation has reached another level and it can’t be business as usual. Reference is made to your response dated 19 August 2019, addressed to our Secretary General. The ZHDA National Executive…

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Health Workers Reject Salary Increase

THE Zimbabwe Health Apex Council has rejected the 60% cost of living adjustment which has been tabled by the Health Services Bipartite Negotiating panel. By Michael Gwarisa In a circular, the Health Apex council said  in as much as they appreciate government’s decision to adjust their salaries by 60% from the previous 10%, it still falls short from addressing the myriad of challenges bedeviling health professionals on a daily basis. Health Services negotiating panel Government has put on the table a  cost of living adjustment of 60% from the previous…

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Crippling Doctors Strike Looms

DOCTORS have warned government to review their earnings according to the prevailing interbank market rate which is pegged at 8.7% or risk another industrial action which could cripple the health sector. By Michael Gwarisa This comes at the back of erosion of doctors and civil servants salaries by inflation which is currently hovering above 176% according to June inflation rates. In a letter written to the Health Services Board (HSB) by Dr Peter Magombeyi on behalf  the Zimbabwe Hospital Doctors Association (ZHDA), he indicated that doctors were now incapacitated and…

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Doctors, Nurses To Work 3 Days A Week

GOVERNMENT has issued a directive which will see working hours for health workers reduced to only three days a week. HealthTimes Reporter In a letter addressed to public health sector administrative leaders by the Acting permanent secretary of health,  Dr Gibson Mhlanga he asked that an interim measure to reduced working hours for all health workers should be put in place. According to the letter, doctors and nurses, are now only required to report for duty three days in a week to cushion them form the prevailing transport woes. The…

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Extending Medical Degree Period Will Isolate Zim

Zimbabwe risks isolating itself from existing mutual recognition and relationships with the global and regional medical community through extending the period of medical studies to seven years.   By Kudakwashe Pembere This comes as universities offering the medical degree and students are grappling to come to terms with this directive from the regulator of universities and colleges, the Zimbabwe Council of Higher Education (ZIMCHE). Heaping two more college years on medical students in essence would see them being offered completion certificates after seven years against the globally accepted five. Resultantly,…

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#JUSTIN: Doctors Strike Officially Ends

THE 40 days long industrial action by medical doctors has officially come to an end following government’s commitment to address the doctors grievances. By Michael Gwarisa and Kudakwashe Pembere In an official statement by the Zimbabwe Hospital Doctors Association (ZHDA), they confirmed the development and called on all doctors who had downed tools to resume their work. “ZHDA is delighted to inform the membership, members of the press and public that the industrial action by doctors in Government hospitals has come to an end. “It has been 40 straight days…

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Senior Doctors Join Strike

SENIOR medical doctors in Zimbabwe’s major hospitals have joined the industrial action citing they are swamped with work in the absence of striking junior colleagues. By Kudakwashe Pembere Letters  dated December 4, gleaned by HealthTimes from Chitungwiza Central Hospital, Mpilo Hospital and Parirenyatwa Group of Hospitals showed that hospital medical officers hung their boots throwing their weight behind the junior doctors. Among the grievances particularly from the junior doctors are unsatisfactory working conditions where they claim not to have adequate tools for their job. “As House Medical Officers (HMOs), at…

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