Minister Parirenyatwa must go, demand nurses as the strike begins

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NURSES staged a sit in the country’s public hospitals this Monday as their leadership were locked in a meeting with the employer.

Although the representative of the about 16 000 nurses in government said there was progress, some issues remained outstanding and patients continued to suffer.

“We are just coming from a meeting with HSB, MOHC, minister Parirenyatwa, chief Charumbira, ministry of Finance, pastors, elders, priest and ZNA executive,” said the Zimbabwe Nurses Association (ZNA) in a statement on Monday.

“The employer promised to effect the following allowances by Thursday 19 April 2018. Night duty allowance to be paid for the following grades D1-D4 at a rate of $217 to $303 (unclaimable).

“Standby allowance for rural health centre staff to be paid at a rate of $240 for grades C5 to D4 (unclaimable). Post basic allowance $70 for one and $80 for two. Grading and advancement arrears to be paid on the same date. Rationalisation of allowances to be disclosed tomorrow. We are almost there. Aluta.”

Zimbabwe Nurses Association secretary-general Enoch Dongo said the situation is bad and hoped government was going to urgently address the grievances.

He further said the Health Service Board, the Health minister and his ministry failed by not addressing the issues when those raised by the doctors were dealt with.

“How can you have a ministry whereby year in year out, there will be industrial action by the workers meaning there is a rotten system, there is a rotten administration, a part of the health delivery in this country,” he said.

Dongo added, “Across the country, they are now demanding the dissolution of the HSB and its secretariat, the minister of Health to resign too, they have failed. The way they administer is haphazard, it’s not rationale.

“You can find a senior nurse is being given something below that of a general hand or someone with a certificate, a degreed nurse or PhD holder, or with a masters, getting something below someone with a diploma.”

Among the issues they want addressed are inadequate hospital supplies, poor working conditions, allowances and the grading system.