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Junior doctors remain defiant

by BustopTV

By Paidashe Mandivengerei
Sacked junior doctors have vowed to press on with their job action saying they will not be deterred from demanding improved salaries by the government.
This follows the dismissal of over 200 doctors from work by the Health Service Board (HSB) earlier this month.
Health workers who defied a Labor Court ruling ordering them to return to work were invited to disciplinary hearings which saw 211 of them being fired to date and more expected to lose their jobs.
The disciplinary hearings which commenced on the 1st of this month will end on the 15th.
Addressing the media and junior doctors at Parirenyatwa Hospital in Harare this morning, Zimbabwe Hospitals Doctors Association (ZHDA) Vice President, Masimba Ndoro said HSB’s actions were not helping the dire situation of the health sector in any way.
“I understand that disciplinary hearings are carrying on and they are still dismissing doctors as well and these will end on the 15th of November.
“Us as ZHDA in collaboration with Association for Registrars and Senior Hospital Doctors Association we won’t change our position,” he said.
ZHDA went on to backtrack on their previous position and said they are now open to dialogue with the government so that their concerns can be satisfactorily addressed.
“We remain solid on our stance, we are not moved, we anticipated this move and it won’t capacitate us in any form so we are just waiting for the relevant authorities that are the HSB and government to get back to their senses and address this impasse through dialogue.
“We believe dialogue is key, us as doctors we are open for dialogue we also believe we can also offer solutions as we constitute a significant number of the health force.”

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