The government issued a disciplinary letter to a doctor who was doing an emergency operation, in a move that senoir doctors have called “vindictive”. It has also accused the government of having no interest in solving the health crisis in the country that has seen hundreds of doctors fired.
The Zimbabwe Senoir Hospital Doctors Association (ZSHDA) has accused the government of lying to Zimbabweans as the health crisis in the country continues. Several.
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In a statement released today, ZSHDA said:
Contrary to statements made on 26 November at the Cabinet briefing, over the past 2 months senior doctors have continued to offer emergency services at the various public sector hospitals. In response, the employer unlawfully withheld their salaries.
As we speak, disciplinary letters are being handed out to senior doctors, including those who have been doing their best to save lives in the hostile public sector. The authorities are so vindictive that they went to theatre to hand a letter to a doctor who was finishing up an emergency operation.
For the record, senior doctors will not be re-applying to come back to work. We do not accept that one can be dismissed for being incapacitated to come to work in an unsafe environment with nothing to use. We reiterate, we are not on strike.
The whole statement can be downloaded here.