Fired Nurses Rehired By Gvt
Thousands of fired nurses have been re-hired after being dismissed by VP Constantino Chiwenga last week.
After firing nearly 6 000 nurses last week, the government has made a move to re-engage fired nurses and hiring more health practitioners in hope to improve service delivery at the country’s health institutions.
The striking nurses were issued with dismissal letters after refusing to come back to work even though their employer had acceded to their demands and availed more than $17 million for their allowances.
Dr Solwayo Ngwenya of Mpilo Central Hospital urged that all fired nurses report for work after writing letters to be re-admitted by the Government and 110 nurses are to be hired.
“Our nurses were in 100 percent attendance today. All those who were on strike reported for duty. We’re therefore opening the outpatients department tomorrow.
“The Government has also given us the green light to employ 110 additional nurses to complement our nursing staff.
“This is definitely good news for us and we’re thankful to the Government,” said Dr Ngwenya.
Ingutsheni Hospital chief executive officer Mr Ernest Manyawu confirmed that all nurses who were on strike are back at work.
“All the nurses who had joined the industrial action are back at work. In addition to the nurses who are back at work, Government has allowed us to hire 31 more nurses.
“This is a positive development because we’ve always had shortage of nurses,” said Mr Manyawu.
An orientation programme for the recruited nurses will be held before starting work said Health and Child Care Permanent Secretary Dr Gerald Gwinji.
“There will be an orientation for the nurses who have not been practising, we have set up teams to do that and immediately after being absorbed they will commence their work,” said Dr Gwinji.
Mr Enock Dongo of Zimbabwe Nurses Association (Zina) said all nurses are back at work, with Government expected to announce a date to start negotiations.
“Most nurses have gone back to work and none of our members had problems. Our demands still stand because they have not been fulfilled. We’re now waiting for the Government to tell us when the negotiations will start.
“Nurses play a pivotal role in the country’s health delivery system but the Government has continued to ignore their concerns,” said Mr Dongo.