Doctors, govt showdown looms

Doctors, govt showdown looms 1

By Pauline Hurungudo Another showdown is looming between doctors and government as the Health ministry has not yet addressed doctors’ demands agreed in the collective bargaining agreement (CBA) which saw the medical practitioners ending their industrial action. File picture of doctors on strike in Zimbabwe In December the doctors embarked on a 40-day industrial action that ended in January this year, protesting the severe shortages of pharmaceutical drugs and equipment at public hospitals, among a host of other grievances. In a letter seen by the Daily News, addressed to the…

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Health ministry apologises for loss of lives

Health ministry apologises for loss of lives 2

On Jan 12, 2019 19,141 9 By Tendayi Madhomu The Health and Child Care ministry has issued a public apology for the loss of lives and suffering during the just-ended doctors’ strike. Health and Child Care Ministry Obadiah Moyo (left) In a statement published in the press, the ministry expressed appreciation for the citizens’ endurance during the crisis. “The ministry of Health and Child Care would like to notify the public that the doctors who had embarked on strike from December 1, have now agreed to resume duties at their…

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Govt sets spies on striking doctors

Govt sets spies on striking doctors 3

By Mugove Tafirenyika Government is using unorthodox tactics including political intimidation to force striking doctors to abort their industrial action, the Zimbabwe Hospital Doctors Association (ZHDA) has claimed. File picture of striking doctors in Zimbabwe Following recent claims by government that the industrial action which has gone for over a month now was politically motivated, ZHDA secretary-general Mthabisi Bhebhe said that doctors were now fearing for their lives as they were being followed by people in unmarked vehicles. “Our members and some leaders are receiving intimidatory messages from unknown individuals to…

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Doctors vow to continue their month-long industrial action

Doctors vow to continue their month-long industrial action 4

By Tendai Kamhungira Striking junior doctors have vowed to continue with their month-long industrial action despite claims by government that the two sides have reached a consensus on the majority of their demands. File picture of doctors on strike in Zimbabwe Zimbabwe Hospital Doctors Association (ZHDA) secretary-general Mthabisi Bhebhe told the Daily News yesterday that no such consensus had been reached with the Health ministry. “We have reached a consensus that the industrial action should continue until all the grievances have been addressed. We have realised that there is selective…

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Another setback for striking doctors

Another setback for striking doctors 5

By Tendai Kamhungira Junior doctors have lost their quest to get permission to appeal against a Labour Court ruling that ordered them to end their month-long industrial action. File picture of doctors and nurses on strike in Zimbabwe (Picture by Health Times) The doctors had filed an application for leave to appeal in a bid to challenge justices Betty Chidziva and Gladys Mhuri’s ruling that the medical practitioners did not follow the notification procedures prescribed by the law when they embarked on the industrial action. In the application, the applicants…

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Doctors blast ‘misled’ Chiwenga

Doctors blast ‘misled’ Chiwenga 6

By Pauline Hurungudo Doctors yesterday came out guns blazing, telling Acting President Constantino Chiwenga that government did not spend a single cent in educating them. Vice President Constantino Chiwenga They said their parents, guardians and family actually sent them to school adding they are qualified doctors who hold degrees from accredited institutions. The doctors said those around Chiwenga fed him with wrong information. Related Articles This comes after Chiwenga, on Thursday, threatened the striking doctors whom he said were ‘unqualified’ and currently under internship. He also said the doctors were under…

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Wheels come off Zim health sector

Wheels come off Zim health sector 7

By Nokuthaba Nkomo Medical experts have warned the government that it is putting the lives of thousands of people at risk, after it  recently started dispensing expired drugs in hospitals — including life-prolonging anti-retroviral medication (ARVs). Acting President Constantino Chiwenga and Health and Child Care Minister Obadiah Moyo (right) are led on a tour of NatPharm Warehouse in Harare by Natpharm Stores Pharmacist Rumbidzai Matambanadzo. — (Picture by Justin Mutenda) This comes as the country’s health sector, which is beset by myriad problems — including a crippling strike by doctors —…

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Doctors’ strike goes up a gear

Doctors’ strike goes up a gear 8

By Blessings Mashaya In the latest standoff between the government and striking junior doctors, senior medical personnel have now joined the industrial action by their juniors — leading to the suspension of major procedures at public health institutions across the country. File picture of doctors on strike in Zimbabwe This follows the government’s ill-advised recent decision to suspend 530 junior doctors over their industrial action which was declared illegal by the Labour Court. In a statement over the Christmas holiday, the Zimbabwe Hospital Doctors Association (ZHDA) said middle level and…

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Doctors take fight to Supreme Court

Doctors take fight to Supreme Court 9

By Shamiso Dzingire Following Saturday’s ruling by the Labour Court declaring the strike by junior doctors illegal, the medical practitioners are escalating their case to the Supreme Court. File picture of doctors and nurses on strike in Zimbabwe (Picture by Health Times) Munyaradzi Gwisai, who is representing the junior doctors and is being instructed by the Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights, said he will approach the highest court on an urgent basis to appeal the ruling. “I have instructions to file an application for leave to appeal at the Supreme Court…

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Striking doctors dig in

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By Caroline Chiimba Government has ordered striking medical doctors to return to work, rejecting demands for salaries in US dollars, with the workers’ union also becoming inflexible in their negotiations. File picture of doctors at work Health and Child Care minister Obadiah Moyo said government has ruled out doctors’ demand to be paid in US dollars and castigated the physicians for misplaced priorities. He said the doctors must “return to work” while the two parties continue negotiations. “On the payment of salaries in US dollars, naturally, Cabinet does not feel…

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