Senior hospital doctors in Zimbabwe have withdrawn all their emergency services they have been offering following the salaries industrial action which started on the 3rd of September this year.
The doctors want their fired colleagues reinstated and also demand the salaries issue be addressed. Below is the full text of the announcement:
Senior Hospital Doctors Association (SHDA)
Parirenyatwa Group of Hospitals Harare
26 November 2019
cc Chief Executive Officer
cc Secretary for health and childcare
Clinical Director Parirenyatwa Group of Hospitals
Dear Mr Maunganidze
Re: Total withdrawal of medical services
We, the SHDA met with our members on the 25th of November 2019 and we deliberated on the myriad of challenges currently befalling the medical fraternity.
We have noted with grave concern the wanton dismissal of over 435 doctors, the continued summoning of doctors for a disciplinary hearing and the withholding of the paltry salaries for the doctors. The SHDA had continued to engage the employer in dialogue whilst the hostilities on its membership was continuing unabated.
Of note are these actions have not capacitated either the hospitals themselves or the human resource base.
We regret to inform you that, the SHDA has agreed with its members who had remained behind offering emergency services to the hospitals: that we be are no longer able to offer any emergencies services as from the 26th of November 2019, 1400 hours; until all the fired doctors are reinstated and there is adequate redressal of their incapacitation.
Members also took note of the continued poor outcomes on the patients being attended to. Due to the above, we will no longer be able to offer any services until the matters that we have raised are urgently addressed.
For the SHDA