The Zimbabwe Hospital Doctors Association (ZHDA) has dismissed the review of on-call allowances announced by Minister of Health and Child Care David Parirenyatwa and vowed to continue with their strike. The doctors said that they did not agree to the review after the minister announced that he had reviewed on-call allowances by 50 percent. However, the doctors say this is inadequate as the current allowance is only $1.50 while the doctors want the amount to be increased to $10 instead.
ZHDA spokesperson Mxolisi Ngwenya said,
The ZHDA did not sign up for any such agreement. Minister should stop misrepresenting facts forthwith. 50% of a dollar fifty is $0.75 transfer.
Why is he ignoring working hours? And what of risk allowance, housing allowance and rural allowance? What of drugs and equipment in hospitals? What do we use? He should sit down and respect people’s right to health. ZHDA will not subscribe to nonsense. These are real issues, people are dying.
The doctors have been on strike for almost three weeks now citing poor working conditions and inadequate resources. The doctors have alleged that the government is not providing enough resources for the quality care of patients and have called for the resignation of Minister of Health and Child Care David Parirenyatwa
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