Labour bodies representing medical practitioners have threatened to go on strike unless the government starts paying them in United States dollars or inflation-adjusted salaries. The doctors want the new remuneration plan to start from the first of October 2017, arguing that bond notes are rapidly losing value due to the shortage of foreign currency.
The Zimbabwe Association of Doctors for Human Rights (ZADHR) said:
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ZADHR advises the RBZ governor to own up to his self-inflicted currency crisis and also to give due consideration to the healthcare of all Zimbabweans by prioritizing foreign currency allocation to the health sector as he normally does to the excess state travel of the bloated executive.
The Zimbabwe Hospital Doctors Association also echoed the same sentiments saying:
…we have established that doctors who are on the government payroll will not be able to continue to discharge their duties on this paltry salary scale if the employer refuses to remunerate them in either US dollars or inflation-adjusted salaries currency with effect from the 1st of October 2017.
We urge the government to address this issue with the urgency it deserves so as to avert the possible nationwide strike whose consequences will be devastating.
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