Doctors Respond To Strive, Catholic Bishops’ Interventions {Full Text}

Zimbabwe Hospital Doctors Association Update Statement 29/11/2019

On Sunday 24th November, the ZHDA and SHDA met with a representative from Higher life Foundation and deliberated on their offer of financial assistance to government doctors.

It was agreed that feedback was to be given after consulting the ZHDA Constituency before entering into any memorandum of understanding.

As such, it was concluded that in as much as the support from HLF is welcome, it does not address completely the demands of the doctors for a salary whose value is preserved despite soaring inflation as well as the provision of adequate and appropriate tools of the trade.

It was posited that the offer from Higher life may be reconsidered once the stand-off between the ZHDA and its employer (HSB) has been resolved.

This recognises the sincerity of the donor group and its desire not to interfere with the negotiation process. The stipulated timeframes and terms and conditions surrounding the offer doesn’t make it a viable long-lasting solution that the doctors are in search of at the moment.

We appreciate the role played by the Catholic bishops which have resulted in the doctors being issued a moratorium, valid for the next 48hrs.

Sadly the moratorium has come without a new offer on the table having been communicated to us. Should this moratorium lapse without the formal communication of an offer that is reasonable, it would stand as yet another gracious privilege that is lost.

We would appreciate it more if the bishops talk to the doctor’s representatives first so that they are in an informed position to represent the doctors’ real interests.

We appreciate the role played by this latest intervention in a labour dispute that has gone past the 88th day and we reiterate that we remain open to dialogue, hoping that a lasting solution will be found without further delay.

ZHDA Information Department

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4 comments on “Doctors Respond To Strive, Catholic Bishops’ Interventions {Full Text}

  1. This is a bit of an arrogant stand by the doctors who were offered 60 and then 40%. I know it is about conditions too.
    They are being used as puppets by govt so that the people die because of the strike and not the real reason for all economic hardship so people will be eliminated before they can vote again with no blame on perpetrators. Question why Ndebeles were slaughtered en masse, so they could never vote for opposition. Please doctors God is sending help by this offer of help, your actions are commendable but will never change the spots of this leopard.

    1. Ndbeles were slaughtered by the West I have just given evidence to the truth commission. Itvwasaboit the cold war and zimbabwe trading with Russia. Peter Mandaza was the local organiser who stood against Mugabe in the highfield election at that time.
      Ted said itcwas tgemost successful operation of his career Gave was told to drop Russia or go to the Haig. I told Ted it would never work and he said people believe what they read in the press and he right zimbos are very gullible without reasoning ability.

  2. The regime is a dictatorship . Dictators don’t care for the citizens. Again we will name them. Chile’s Pinochet. Uganda’s Idi Amin . Zaire’s Mobutu. The list goes on and on. Change can only come from the people themselves. We need and demand this.

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