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Striking Zimbabwe doctors urge government
to reconsider their suspension from work

HARARE Zimbabwe (Xinhua) -- Striking Zimbabwean junior doctors at public hospitals on Friday urged the government to reconsider its move to suspend them from work for embarking on an illegal one-month strike.

The doctors said they were ready to resume work once their grievances had been addressed and bemoaned the move taken by government to close dialogue to resolve the impasse.

"We hope the Presidium will find a lasting solution to the current impasse for the benefit of our nation.

"We are ready to offer our services once our grievances have been addressed," the Zimbabwe Hospital Doctors Association (ZHDA) said in a statement.

The doctors’ statement came after Vice President Constantino Chiwenga on Thursday criticized the doctors for "gambling with people’s lives."

Chiwenga was last week appointed by President Emmerson Mnangagwa to deal with the doctors’ industrial action.

The VP in March this year fired all striking nurses before rescinding the decision.

"The matter went to the courts and they were found on the wrong side of the law.

"The doctors were ordered to go back to work within 12 hours, but they ignored court orders.

"The (doctors’) defiance is not acceptable, and we do not condone that.

"By this weekend, we want to see a complete change in the public hospitals," he said Thursday.

The Zimbabwe’s Health Services Board (HSB) on Monday suspended 530 junior doctors without pay and benefits for embarking on an illegal strike and failing to heed a call by their employer to return to work.

The doctors went on strike at the beginning of the month demanding a review of their salaries and general working conditions.

The doctors were suspended for 14 days to pave way for investigations into allegations of violating labor regulations after a labor court ruled recently that the industrial action was illegal.

The doctors ignored the ruling, prompting the HSB to warn them that they would face disciplinary action if they continued with the industrial action.

The doctors had protested that the HSB had taken the matter to the Labor Court in the midst of negotiations.

In their statement Friday, the doctors said the junior doctors that initiated the strike were qualified doctors with university degrees from accredited institutions.

They also said government had not yet fulfilled its undertaking to provide essential drugs, sundries and equipment which were critical for them to resume work.

"When we visited NatPharm, we did not see the protective clothing and laboratory machines we requested. Instead, we noted that some of the medication which was being peddled as stocks was beyond expiry date," the ZHDA said.

Consultants in the Public Health Institutions also issued a statement Friday backing the junior doctors.

"As consultants we find the situation at the public health institutions no longer tenable.

"We stand with the junior doctors in seeking resolution of these matters.

"Therefore, we urge the HSB to resolve this impasse within the next 48 hours," the consultants said.

They said they had been working hard under difficult circumstances and would not be able to continue offering their services beyond the 48 hours.

"We believe the door to dialogue must never be closed and we hope the HSB considers this statement in the good spirit it has been delivered," the consultants said.


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