The Health Services Board (HSB) said junior doctors and radiographers face disciplinary action after they ignored a court ruling that their strike was unlawful and were given a 12-hour ultimatum to report for duty.
However, the doctors have accused the HSB of acting in bad faith for taking the issue to the Labour Court in the middle of negotiations after Cabinet last week assigned Vice President Constantino Chiwenga to oversee the process. At least 553 doctors and radiographers are on strike and the order for them to return to work expired at 9 am yesterday. On Saturday night Labour Court judge Ms Betty Chidziva ordered doctors to return to work within 12 hours saying the 23-day strike was illegal. Addressing journalists, HSB vice-chairperson Professor Auxilia Chideme-Munodawafa said all the striking health workers had chosen to ignore the court order. She said the HSB will institute disciplinary action against them.