Healthcare crisis intensifies ……as radiographers join doctors in strike

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Zimbabwe Hospital Doctors Association (ZHDA) wishes to inform its membership, key stakeholders, members of the press and public that the industrial action by doctors nationwide is still ongoing and has entered day 12.
Zimbabwe Hospital Doctors Association (ZHDA) wishes to inform its membership, key stakeholders, members of the press and public that the industrial action by doctors nationwide is still ongoing and has entered day 12.

The national healthcare crisis keeps on intensifying by the day as public hospitals radiographers countrywide have joined doctors in striking over poor working conditions and poor remuneration.

Nurses have also threatened to strike and proposed that they will work on three days a week as they also cited the unbearable economic situation.

The proposal is currently being deliberated by various nurses representative bodies, the Mail and Telegraph has learnt.

Radiographers downed their tools on Thursday.

In a notice sent to all hospitals on Wednesday, Zimbabwe Government Radiographers Association (ZiGRA) said the situation in hospitals had become unbearable due to the prevailing economic situation.

“As the Zimbabwe Government Radiographers Association (ZiGRA), we regret to inform you that we have reached a conclusion to engage in an industrial action with effect from 6th of December 2018.

“We will not be discharging our services to the general public nationwide.

“This follows after the thwarted attempts to engage our employer in negotiations to improve our working conditions .

“The situation has become unbearable due to the prevailing economic situation.

“We do hope our grievances will be addressed in the shortest possible time in order to restore normalcy in the health delivery system,” ZiGRA said.

Junior doctors also downed tools on December 1 citing numerous challenges, which include deteriorating working conditions, low salaries and lack of basic medicines and equipment.

The doctors are currently not showing up for work at all major referral hospitals including Parirenyatwa Group of Hospitals, Harare and Chitungwiza Central hospitals.

Junior doctors also  argued that the  healthcare crisis in the country had reached an unprecedented critical level.

They have continued with the strike despite calls by government for them to return to work while their grievances are being addressed.

Zimbabwe Association of Doctors for Human Rights acting spokesperson Norman Matara on Wednesday said they were rallying behind the striking doctors.