Eddie Cross Says Firing Of Striking Doctors Was “Stupid”

Former opposition MDC legislator for Bulawayo South, Eddie Cross has said that the government’s decision to dismiss striking doctors was ill-thought.

Mr Cross said that it took the government of Zimbabwe thousands of dollars and over a decade of investment in the human capital and other countries will gladly jump at the opportunity to hire them. He said:

Our medical training has always been world-class. Why? I do not know, but our doctors and nurses find ready acceptance outside the country.

Just yesterday (Wednesday), I saw a BBC programme on that country’s National Health Service, where the commentator was saying they have 100 000 vacancies which they cannot fill and arguing for a priority immigration policy — made for Zimbabwe!

Cross added that the doctors did nothing wrong by asking for a sustainable salary and better working conditions saying that everyone would do the same under the prevailing circumstances.

His remarks come when health caregivers in public health institutions are on industrial action that was initiated on the 3rd of September this year by junior and middle-level doctors who are saying that they are incapacitated to report for duty.

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