Government and doctors’ representatives are set to meet today in Harare in a bid to bring to an end a month-long strike by junior doctors.
Speaking in a telephone interview yesterday, Zimbabwe Hospital Doctors’ Association Secretary General Dr Anele Bhebhe told The Chronicle all was set for today’s meeting. Said Bhebhe:
We will have a bi-party negotiation panel tomorrow (today). The delegation will be comprised of the Health Service Board (HSB), representatives of the Treasury, the Apex board, pharmacies and different representatives of various health care workers and also the Zimbabwe Hospital Doctors’ Association. We are going to talk about our conditions of service for hospital doctors and other health practitioners and we hope that our grievances will be heard. Addressing these issues has been prolonged unnecessarily and we fully understand that people are suffering. However, we also need to ensure that our grievances are heard and understood.
Health and Child Care Minister Dr Obadiah Moyo could not be reached for a comment yesterday as his personal assistant said he was in a meeting. The meeting comes after the HSB suspended the junior doctors and radiographers for refusing to obey the Labour Court declaring the industrial action illegal.