The Zimbabwe Hospital Doctors Association (ZHDA) rejected the allowance increment of $360 offered by the government and demanded salaries to be pegged to the prevailing interbank market rate.
The Health Services Board (HSB) had made the latest offer, which is in addition to the 60 per cent that was awarded public health medical practitioners a few weeks ago.
The ZWL$360 was an incentive given to the doctors persuade them to return to work following a strike which is now in its second week.
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ZHDA acting president Peter Magombeyi said that doctors wanted salaries that were 10 times more than they were currently getting. He said:
The government of Zimbabwe, through the HSB, has offered an allowance increment of $360 to doctors. This was tabled during a bipartite meeting held earlier on (Thursday).
Our members have stood by their original plea for their salaries and allowances to be paid at the prevailing interbank rate.
The Cabinet recently tasked the minister of Health and Child Care, Obadiah Moyo, and minister of Finance and Economic Development, Mthuli Ncube, to urgently look into the outstanding issue of the review of doctors’ health-related allowances so as to bring back normalcy in the health sector.