A strike by doctors at public health institutions is set to start today after the government and the Zimbabwe Hospital Doctors Association (ZHDA) failed to reach an agreement on the health practitioners’ conditions of service.
On 30 August 2019, ZHDA notified the Health Services Board (HSB), permanent secretary for the Ministry of Health and Child Care, Dr Agnes Mahomva and the Minister of Health Obadiah Moyo of their imminent incapacitation.
In an update of the situation, ZHDA spokesperson, Dr Anele Bhebhe revealed that the strike is going ahead starting today (September 3). He said:
Tomorrow. The 3rd of September, the year of our Lord 2019; Doctors nationwide won’t come to work because of incapacitation. Meetings with the employer failed to review the salaries to a figure that is equal to the current interbank market rate.
Meanwhile, in the letter signed by ZHDA Acting President Dr Peter Magombeyi dated Friday, 30 August 2019, the association said:
REF: IMMINENT INCAPACITATION
We refer to the above subject matter.
This letter serves as notice that from the 3rd of September this year, doctors at Mpilo, Bulawayo United, Parirenyatwa Group, Harare and Chitungwiza central hospital are not going to report for work. We simply do not have the means to continue coming to work because the salary is not sufficient.
Attempts to engage the employer have proved futile. Letters have been submitted and meetings have been attended through the Bipartite Negotiation Panel to register this concern.
No satisfactory agreement has been reached so far to insulate the doctors from the current high cost of living.
Delays by the Health Service Board in reviewing our salaries have exposed us to incapacitation.
To this end, it is within this reason that on the date stated above we will not report for duty until the salaries are adjusted to an interbank rate that is based on the market forces of the day.