Fired doctors have turned down President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s 48-Hour moratorium to return to work without reapplying for admission.
Doctors said that the moratorium does not bring a new offer since their grievances remain unaddressed therefore returning to work was not possible.
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In a statement on Friday morning, Zimbabwe Hospital Doctors Association which represents junior and middle-level doctors said:
We appreciate the role played by the Catholic Bishops which has resulted in the doctors being issued a moratorium, valid for the next 48 hours. Sadly, the moratorium has come without a new offer on the table having 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.
Doctors have been on strike since the 3rd of September this year demanding sustainable salaries and improved working conditions.
Their absence in the workplace worsened an already dire situation in public health institutions who have inadequate medicines and dilapidated equipment and machinery.
More: The Herald