By Staff Reporter
THE Health Services Board (HSB) has suspended 550 striking doctors and radiographers for defying Labour Court ruling directing them to end their now three-week long strike action over salaries.
The doctors, who work in public hospitals, are suspended with immediate effect.
Their suspension is for the next 14 days for which they will not be paid as authorities also institute investigations into alleged misdemeanour.
The doctors’ suspension also comes with a ban from visiting their respective work places or carrying out any work related duties.
They have since been served with their suspension letters.
Government has declared the crippling strike action by its health staff as illegal and has taken its defiant employees to the labour court which declared their job action as illegal.
HSB vice chairperson Auxillia Chideme-Munodawafa confirmed the development.
The doctors embarked on the job action beginning of December demanding US dollar wages and some improvement in their working conditions with claims some were being forced to use condoms in place of gloves that are in short supply in hospitals.
They have vowed not to return to their work stations until their grievances have been met.
Finance Minister Mthuli Ncube has ruled out any chances of awarding US dollar wages to the striking health staff saying the country’s primary sources of revenue were not in foreign currency.
The drastic action against the critical health staff also follows government’s axing of nurses who had embarked on a similar strike April this year. They were later reinstated with conditions.
Credit: Zimbabwe Star