Senior doctors have said that they will not report for work until the Ministry of Health and Child Care meets their demands.
While specialists continue to offer some emergency services, doctors’ salaries remain unsustainably low. This was said by Senior Hospitals Doctors Association (SHDA) secretary-general, Aaron Musara in an interview with NewZimbabwe.com. He said.
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The position of the SHDA is that there is no resolution to the incapacitation of doctors and hospitals. The hospitals remain incapacitated.
Specialists, however, continue to offer some emergency services where possible. Shortages of drugs, sundries and broken-down equipment still remain as a challenge.
The flexi-hours system for nurses and other staff still exists unaltered and yet we have made it very clear this has been killing patients. Doctors’ salaries remain low to be able to sustain them even to just go to work.
In his last meeting with representatives from SHDA, the Minister of Health and Child Care, Obadiah Moyo, said the government will not negotiate with doctors over their grievances until they start reporting for duty.