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Doctors reject US$150 salaries

by Mandla Ndlovu
07 Oct 2019 at 09:11hrs | Views
Zimbabwe doctors have rejected the Government offer of a 60% wage increase, which would have taken their wages up to US$150 per month.

The doctors who staged a demonstration at Parirenyatwa Hospital on Monday issued a statement saying they are pulling out of the Health Apex Council because it was not advancing their cause.

Today is day 35 of the doctors' industrial action.

Commenting on the matter Dr Pedzisai Ruhanya said, "Doctors defy government threats and continue their strike for better working conditions and the equipment of hospitals. Their demands are legitimate. Coercion and threats by the state wont address the problem. The demands of doctors are a microcosm of a macrocosm that engulf Zimbabwe."

State owned Herald has accused the doctors of politicking and infringing the Hippocratic oath.

"It does not take much to realise that the doctors' announcement of the pull-out from the Health Apex Council, which they tout rather childishly as Apexit, is meant to break the unity within the profession and to mark the doctors out of a collective decision, likely that of coalescing on the national interest and the interest of the broad Hippocratic profession and its clients," the paper said in its editorial.

"There could be some genuine reasons for this, but also it doesn't take a genius to see mischief-making and politicking, which has become the bane of the state of labour in this country."

Source - Byo24News