By Paidashe Mandivengerei
Junior public hospital doctors, Thursday said they hope government will finally address their grievances through dialogue.
In 2019 which the Zimbabwe Hospital Doctor’s Association (ZHDA) described as a ‘tough year’, health workers were up in arms with government over bad working conditions and poor remunerations which they want pegged at the prevailing interbank rate.
The medical professionals downed tools in September last year forcing health institutions to turn away patients.
While some junior doctors have started reporting for work, their senior colleagues are pressing on with the job action.
In a statement, ZHDA said they believe their concerns will be satisfactorily addressed if they continue engaging relevant authorities.
“The ZHDA wishes its entire membership, medical professionals and the general populace a happy, prosperous and healthy new year.
2019 is a year we would easily like to put behind us as it has been a tough year for the entire profession.
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.
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.”