The acting President Retired General Constantino Chiwenga has urged the Health Services Board to take action against the striking doctors.
In his statement today on the ongoing strike, the acting President stated that government felt betrayed by the striking doctors after negotiations and they will take action.
In line with the Court Order, we request the Health Services Board to take appropriate action against the striking doctors whose conduct has been declared unlawful by our courts, and is contrary to the Hippocratic Oath, ethics and international best practices which enjoin medical doctors and interns..” said Chiwenga
Chiwenga said that government amongst its measures will undertake various means stating:
even though Government has bent over backwards to accommodate them. Equally, Government notes with concern the political overtones which the labour issue has now assumed, including attempts by the striking doctors to appeal to constituencies which have nothing to do with health delivery or their employment contracts.
Mindful of the recent Labour Court judgment which ruled the industrial action unlawful, and in the interest of the patients who stand affected by this unlawful action by striking doctors, Government has now decided on the following steps:
1. To urgently explore other ways of ensuring that this essential health service is stabilized in the interim while more lasting measures are put in place to normalize the situation. Government will be making further announcements in the coming days.
2. To continue to import essential medicines and accessories vital trt health delivery to ensure effective health services to our people.
3. To fulfil all the commitments Government has made to all Health Workers who continue to serve our Nation, with an undertaking to review the conditions for all workers in the Public Sector within the second quarter of this year, consistent with the national budget cycle.
4.n line with the Court Order, we request the Health Services Board to take appropriate action against the striking doctors whose conduct has been declared unlawful by our courts, and is contrary to the Hippocratic Oath, ethics and international best practices which enjoin medical doctors and interns
It looks like its going to be a much more tougher season if government wont release foreign currency while the economy is self dollarising, a situation which will likely reduce employees to beggars or will trigger inflation if government increases salaries in bond notes.