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Chiwenga speaks on striking doctors

by Mandla Ndlovu
24 Dec 2018 at 19:06hrs | Views
Government under the stewardship of the feared (Rtd) General Constantino Guvheya Nyikadzino Chiwenga has issued a statement following the suspension of more than 550 doctors and registrars accused of being in contempt of a court order compelling them to resume work within the current work conditions.

We publish the full statement below:

Government has made significant progress in addressing the plight of striking doctors. Government has made sure that  Natpharm started receiving medicines from a US$2.2m emergency facility on 11 December 2018. A US$25million facility was availed by Treasury and such medicines are in order. We also availed a vehicle loan scheme from 1st quarter of 2019 and  made arrangements for doctors to access fuel from CMED and arrangements were made with garages. We unfroze 402 posts in health sector and 214 posts are  available for doctors who have finished 2 year internship.

However, Government has no capacity to pay salaries in US Dollars or  increase on call allowances to US$15 per hour.

Doctors in the Health Service currently earn a minimum package of US$1800. Government will continue with the No-Work-No-Pay policy. Doctors can negotiate while working for the ministry of Health.

Source - Byo24News