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Nurses join doctors strike

by Staff Reporter
01 Mar 2017 at 03:58hrs | Views
Several hospitals countrywide on Tuesday operated without nurses as they embarked on a strike over outstanding 2016 bonuses.

According to reports, nurses in Rusape, Karoi, Mutare and Chinhoyi stayed away from work.

Zimbabwe Nurses Association general secretary Enock Dongo, said their members wanted Government to announce bonus dates instead of continued postponement of meetings.

"Members have agreed that they will only return to work when their issues are solved. So far, no engagement has taken place," he is quoted saying.

In their letter addressed to the Health Services Board, the nurses also demanded Government to review its structure, which currently gives priority to medical doctors at the expense of other professionals such as nurses.

The nurses are also demanding Government to review nursing posts as a matter of urgency as more and more graduates are becoming redundant soon after training.

"The process of reviewing staff establishment is long overdue.

"Over 4 000 of our members are still roaming the streets despite having trained and qualified," said Dongo.

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