12 December 2018
THE meeting held yesterday between the Zimbabwe Hospital Doctors Association and its employer, the Health Service Board, was unproductive as the doctors vowed to continue with the industrial action.
It is now the second week with doctors not reporting for duty demanding their salaries in US dollars, better equipment and availability of drugs in hospitals.
Minister of Health and Care Dr Obadiah Moyo said they will engage the doctors to ensure they report for duty.
“The public service is now involved in this issue of doctor’s strike. We will continue engaging them because we really need them to come back to work,” he said.
Speaking to H-Metro, ZHDA secretary general Anele Bhebhe said they will stop the industrial action until their grievances are addressed.
“The industrial action is still on because the Government have filed to respond to our grievances.
“In the negotiation meeting, we discussed about shortages of drugs and the government responded by stating that they were working on it.
“The Government also responded on the issue of working hours and they said it will be reviewed. However, on the issues of our salaries being paid in US dollars they purported government is broke.
“To tell the truth, these grievances are not new, we have been raising them since the beginning of the year and they promised to address them and their failure to do so has resulted in the situation that we are facing today.
“There are no operations done in hospitals, most people are referred to Mater Dei or other private hospitals. To make matters worse the equipment is old, so you cannot expect us to work in such an environment,” he said.