Doctors finally end strike
11 January 2019
The 40 days industrial action by doctors nationwide citing various grievances that were crippling the health delivery system in public institutions ended yesterday.
In a statement released yesterday, the Zimbabwe Hospitals Doctors Association said the industrial action by doctors in Government hospitals had come to an end.
“It has been 40 days straight since doctors embarked on an industrial action citing various grievances that were and are crippling health service delivery in public institutions,” read the statement.
ZDHA said the strike was meant to remind the authorities that the health sector in the country was failing.
“The industrial action was meant to remind and send a clear message to the relevant authorities that the healthcare sector in the country was deteriorating and hence the need for urgent interventions,” ZDHA said.
ZDHA said the Ministry of Health had made commitments to address the crippling factors in the health sector.
“The MoCHH has made commitments with its employees to address these factors and we can only hope that these commitments would be implemented in all honesty at the correct time frame as agreed for the benefit of our patients and the country as a whole.
“It should not 40 days with doctors on industrial action for the relevant authorities to act and restore normal service delivery in government health institutions.
“Thus there is a need of consistent and continuous engagements between doctors and the MoCHH to avoid unnecessary interruption of service delivery,” said ZDHA.
ZDHA added: “The MoCHH has committed in writing that it will consistently improve supply of medicines, medical and surgical sundries in public health facilities.
“It was further agreed that there is going to be unfreezing of critical doctor posts for doctors across Central, Provincial and District hospitals.
“We continue to negotiate on outstanding issues like remuneration and working hours, and we hope we find common ground,” they said.
ZDHA said if the crucial commitment are implemented, it will go a long way in alleviating the challenges encountered by doctors when discharging lifesaving services in hospitals.
“Industrial action by doctors should not be the only language that brings about improvement in drug supply and conditions of service.
“Good dialogue, transparency, honesty and accountability should be incorporated to provide a platform that improves service delivery,” ZDHA said.
ZDHA reaffirmed the Government its determination and commitment to unite and work towards a healthy Zimbabwe.
“We will do so through advocating for efficient and effective health delivery system and improvement of service doctors.
“The current fuel shortages remain a threat that may spontaneously hinder our members from reporting to work daily and discharging quality health services to patients.
“That being said, our members have begrudgingly resumed work with effect from today as dialogue continues,” ZDHA said.