Striking doctors hope for renewed dialogue with govt
By Staff Reporter
STRIKING Zimbabwe junior doctors say they were hopeful of an end to bitter relations with government, a situation that has seen their September job action spill into 2020.
This they said is a statement by their representative Zimbabwe Hospital Doctors Association (ZHDA) Thursday.
Hundreds of junior doctors within the country’s major hospitals downed their tools early September last year demanding payment of their wages in US dollars, or in Zimdollars pegged according to prevailing interbank rates.
Government has refused the suggestion, leading to the stretching of an impasse that has seen hospitals go without the critical medical staff while some wards have been forced to close altogether as patients were being turned away.
Following the stand-off, government has resolved to disengage totally from any dialogue with its adamant health staff.
But in their first official communication 2020, the doctors said they looked forward to a resumption of healthy talks with their employer.
“2020 is the year that as the ZHDA, we are hopeful that a solution will be finally found through dialogue and continuous engagement with all interested stakeholders,” ZDHA said.
“The ZHDA remains committed to advocating for the improvement of conditions of services and for the best treatment outcomes for our patients. We are committed to promote dialogue between medical professionals and policy makers.
“As a labour movement, the ZHDA takes pride in representing all government doctors on issues concerning their welfare and the promotion of a healthy working environment.”