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Govt fires 77 striking doctors

By Staff Reporter

PRESIDENT Emmerson Mnangagwa’s government has fired 77 public hospital doctors for continuously defying its directive to end a crippling strike action that is now heading for its third month.

The development was confirmed by Information Minister Monica Mutsvangwa during a post-cabinet media briefing in Harare Tuesday.

This follows earlier social media reports authorities have taken the drastic action on the critical health staff.

Zimbabwean doctors working mainly in Harare and Bulawayo hospitals have adamantly refused to accept a 100 percent government pay rise offer claiming the amount was still not enough for them to live decent lives under the prevailing harsh economic environment.

Doctors have further defied a Labour Court ruling ordering them to end what it declared an illegal strike.

They have also refused to attend any disciplinary hearings instituted by their employer as a response to their alleged misdemeanour.

Government has responded by withholding their salaries for the two months in which they were on strike.

It is not the first time the current Mnangagwa led administration has fired health staff for defying orders to end a strike.

April last year, government fired all nurses at public hospitals who downed tools and replaced them with retired nurses.

The decision was later reversed when the nurses abruptly ended their action fearing losing their jobs.

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