DOCTORS EMBARK ON COUNTRYWIDE STRIKE
Written by Panashe Madzinga on March 15, 2018
DOCTORS at public hospitals across the country have gone on strike and vowed that they will not report for duty unless their on-call allowances and other working conditions are improved.
Zimbabwe Hospitals Doctor Association (ZHDA) spokesperson Mxolisi Ngwenya has said the main cause for the strike is the shortage of drugs and sufficient equipment in hospitals.
Nurses and other supporting staff at public hospitals have also threatened to down tools tomorrow in solidarity with doctors who went on strike 2 weeks ago over poor working conditions.
Government is accused of reneging on an agreement to increase on-call allowances to $10 an hour from the current $1.50, made four years ago.
Dr Ngwenya said junior doctors, still earn a basic monthly salary of $329 before allowances but have been clamouring for duty free vehicles without success as an incentive.