Doctors Expose Health Minister’s Lies, Say Strike Was Never Called Off
Medical doctors have dismissed statements made by Minister of Health and Child Care that the strike by the doctors is now over because it is illegal.
The Doctors disputed the minister’s statements and vowed to continue with their industrial action until their demands are met. The doctors went on strike on Saturday protesting against inadequate allowances, poor working conditions and lack of essential drugs and equipment at public hospitals.
They have also demanded to be paid in foreign currency citing inflation and the increase in the price of goods. Some government hospitals are considering closing the outpatients’ departments and discharging all patients as the strike has left the hospitals unable to function. In fact, Mpilo Hospital in Bulawayo has already closed its out patients department. In a statement, the Zimbabwe Hospital Doctors Association said,
ZHDA PRESS STATEMENT ON THE ONGOING INDUSTRIAL ACTION
4 DECEMBER 2018
We wish to set the record straight that the industrial action that started on the 1. of December 2018 is still ongoing and the healthcare crisis in the country has reached an unprecedented critical level.
Instead of addressing what is now perceived as a serious national health crisis, the Minister of health seems to display an ‘I do not care’ and it is business as usual approach. We are even greatly disturbed to learn that the Minister of Health went on national television in the evening of yesterday to misinform the whole nation that the ongoing industrial action has been called off.
He went on to acknowledge; there is a serious shortage of vital medicines in public hospitals but nothing was being done.
We wish to also inform relevant authorities, key stakeholders, members of the press and public that the individuals by the name Dr Tsopo A and Dr Mugoni P are no longer standing as ZHDA National Executive Committee; neither do they represent doctors on any business.
The Minister is fully aware of these developments. Whatever the aforementioned individuals pronounce and execute is now entirely out of their own interests, ambitions and personal business. We doubt their motives, opinions and interests have anything constructive to do with patients’ healthcare or doctors’ welfare.
We further reiterate that, Dr Mugoni Patrick was suspended and dismissed way-before the expiry of his term in office after he was accused of gross misconduct and violation of ZHDA constitution.
That he chooses to continue using ZHDA property and name for his own interests and motives, is a serious criminal offense that the current ZHDA national executive members must have to pursue.
Today marks the 4th day since the industrial action was declared. All central hospitals in the country are now operating at very low capacity.
There is fear that if immediate and robust interventions are not done to address the crisis, all public health institutions might collapse Out of deep concern, we call upon the Minister of Health to stop engaging in activities that are purely in contradiction to a man of his statue.
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