Speaking through his spokesperson George Charamba, President Emmerson Mnangagwa directed the Minister of Health and Childcare Dr David Parirenyatwa to reward nurses who did not participate in the recent strike action with benefits already agreed by Government under a $17 million pay review package released this week. Mnangagwa also ordered that nurses who heeded Government’s call to return to work be awarded the same benefits.
He also ordered the Health Ministry to reengage nurses who were fired for striking but wanted to rejoin the workforce. Said Charamba:
Government has been watching closely the situation in all our (public) hospitals and it has become clear to us that the situation can be summarised as follows: there are nurses who never left their posts. The President applauds their actions and has directed that these be rewarded benefits already agreed to by Government and towards which $17,1 million was released. We have nurses who heeded Government’s call to return to work after an agreement had been reached. These too have received the President’s praise for their reasonable conduct and as with the first group, the President has directed that they too be made to access the agreed benefits. We have the third category of nurses who, upon realising the consequences of continued defiance both to themselves and the nation, have since revised their position. These have indicated their wish to re-join the service. The President has directed that the Ministry of Health and Child Care follows procedures to re-engage them as appropriate and their terms be considered on a case by case basis.