#BREAKING: Striking Doctors Snub Disciplinary Hearing

STRIKING doctors have snubbed the disciplinary hearings on Friday insisting that demanding fair wages is lawful. By Kudakwashe Pembere Zimbabwe Hospital Doctors Association Treasury General Dr Tapiwa Mungofa told HealthTimes they are financially crippled to attend the hearings. Doctors cannot and are not going to attend the disciplinary hearings because they don’t believe they committed any crime by being broke,” he said. He added they cannot afford transport to go for the disciplinary hearings. “And also the mere fact that doctors are incapacitated means they will not even afford the…

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Doctors Labour Court Case Postponed…As Gvt Presents Half-baked Evidence

LAWYERS representing the Zimbabwe Hospital Doctors Association’s (ZDHA) request to have the case deferred to Thursday afternoon has been granted following indications that government failed to furnish the courts with enough evidence relating to the case. By Michael Gwarisa The ZHDA through their lawyer, Mr Douglas Coltart requested for minutes from the meeting held between the Public Service,Labour and Social Welfare minister Sekai Nzenza and the ZHDA acting secretary general, Dr Twanda Zvakada which the applicant failed to submit amongst other documents. This is now the second time that the…

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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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Mnangagwa Petitioned Over Abducted Doctor

SENIOR and junior doctors from Parirenyatwa Group of Hospitals today handed a petition to the office of the President of Zimbabwe, Emmerson Mnangagwa demanding the immediate release of Dr Peter Magombeyi, the acting president of the Zimbabwe Hospital Doctors Association (ZHDA). By Michael Gwarisa Doctor Magombeyi  whose whereabouts are yet to be established was reportedly abducted on Saturday evening around 22:00 hrs by some unidentified armed men prompting doctors from various institutions to down tools demanding the his release. According to the petition, the doctors indicated that they have withdrawn…

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Govt Tasks Police To Find ‘Abducted’ Doctor

GOVERNMENT says it engaged the Zimbabwe Republic Police to investigate the disappearance of the Zimbabwe Hospital Doctors Association (ZHDA) Acting President Dr Peter Magombeyi. By Kudakwashe Pembere In a statement released on Sunday night, Health and Child Minister Dr Obadiah Moyo said they are alarmed with the abduction. “We have been made aware of the reported disappearance of Dr. Peter Magombeyi, the Acting President of the Zimbabwe Hospital Doctors Association (ZHDA) and our employee at Harare Hospital in a case of a reported kidnapping,” he said. He added that he…

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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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Bleak Christmas: Govt and Junior Doctors Still Gridlocked As Patients Suffer

IT is a dreary yet bleak Christmas for Zimbabweans as the gridlock between junior doctors and Government is far from over with the former accusing the latter of misinforming the nation. By Kudakwashe Pembere In this ensuing verbal and or textual duel alongside the suspension of these doctors, a grimmer festive season plays out in the country’s major hospitals full of unattended expecting mothers, the sick and4einjured. On Christmas Day, reacting to Health and Childcare Minister Dr Obadiah Moyo’s speech on Monday,  the Zimbabwe Hospital Doctors Association representing junior doctors…

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Health Minister Meets Striking Doctors

THE incumbent members of the Zimbabwe Hospital Doctors Association met with Health and Childcare Minister Dr Obadiah Moyo to resolve their grievances which have left the public health sector in limbo. By Kudakwashe Pembere It appears the Minister met with old association members that have since been replaced where he tabled ways Government would intervene to solve their issues. Following the meeting, the interim members lashed out in concern stating they never sat down with the Minister. This forced a fresh meeting on Wednesday to iron out the outstanding problems…

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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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