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Doctors to start indefinite strike
26/10/2014 00:00:00
by Staff Reporter

STATE hospital doctors have threatened to go on strike Monday to push for higher pay and improved working conditions following the expiry of an ultimatum they issued to government two weeks ago.

Zimbabwe Hospital Doctors Association President, Doctor Fortune Nyamande, said all government doctors were today (Monday) starting their indefinite strike.

He added that about 400 doctors would take part in the job action.

"It is a full-blown indefinite strike for all government hospital doctors and if things are not addressed we won't go back to work," he said.

The doctors earlier this month issued an ultimatum to the government demanding a review of salaries for doctors working at government hospitals that include Parirenyatwa, United Bulawayo Hospital, Mpilo Central and Chitungwiza Hospital.

ZHDA, among other issues, requested an upward review of the basic salary for junior doctors who they said are receiving about $282 every month, to a minimum of $1,200 per month exclusive of allowances.

In a statement last week, ZHDA said the government had failed to deliver on their demands.

"We have lost confidence that the government has any concrete, verifiable and practical plans to review our working conditions and the association has been directed by its members to call for a peaceful nationwide strike by 27 October," the group said.

Nyamande said doctors would not go back to work until the government formally responds to their demands.

Asked if the strike would not cripple health delivery services, Dr Nyamande said that was an issue for the government to think about.

Health and Child Care Minister Dr David Parirenyatwa could not be reached for comment on his mobile phone.


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