Doctors at the country’s public hospitals have urged the government to look into their conditions of service as a matter of urgency.
In a letter addressed to the Health Services Board (HSB), Zimbabwe Hospital Doctors’ Association (ZHDA) Secretary-General, Dr Mthabisi Anele Bhebhe, said:
In the core of this economic decline, it is now impossible for government doctors to address their day-to-day basic financial obligations.
Imperatively, since the last meaningful salary review in March 2018, transport costs, rentals, medical aid subscriptions and prices of basic household commodities have sharply increased.
The parallel market rate of the USD remains a single determent of pricing of basic commodities.
Dr Bhebhe added that the government should the doctors’ workers by their salaries in US dollars.
The HSB must also recall that in the work contracts that doctors signed, salaries and allowances were clearly pegged in USD.
We request the HSB to abide by labour laws and honour legally binding agreements.