The Zimbabwe Hospital Doctors Association (ZHDA) has refuted reports in State-controlled media that the government has hiked doctors’ salaries.
In a statement on Wednesday, the ZHDA said that there has been no communication from the employer to that effect. The doctors urged Health Minister, Obadiah Moyo, and the Health Services Board (HSB) to address their grievances as a matter of urgency to avoid unnecessary loss of life.
The doctors also made it clear that they will not report for duty until their salaries are adjusted as they are now incapacitated. Part of the statement read:
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State media reports that the Health Service Board has finally reviewed our salaries are unverified as such information has not been communicated officially with the ZHDA executive.
We would like to make it very clear that we simply don’t have the capacity to report for duty anymore. Unless and until the grievance is dealt with accordingly, we will not be able to resume work.
We derive no pleasure in abandoning patients. We call upon the Minister and the employer to find a lasting solution to this impasse before they endanger more lives.
Earlier on Wednesday, HSB chairperson, Dr Paulinus Sikosana was quoted by state media as saying that the Ministry of Finance had agreed to increase doctors salaries;
We had an agreement with them as the health apex committee on the adjustment on the cost of living. The collective agreement, however, had conditionalities where doctors said they are not satisfied and we have since sent a request to Treasury which has been accepted.
We have already submitted the key scale salary document to Treasury that they provide for an adjustment and it has concurred saying resources are available to cater for the adjustments presented in the request.