No talks, strike continues- doctors vow

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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.

Zimbabwe Hospital Doctors Association (ZHDA) has rubbished reports that their industrial action which has entered day 12 will end after an engagement with the Ministry of health.

In a statement issued by ZHDA information department on Wednesday, the doctors’ body rubbished the reports as false.

“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.
This follows contrary reports unilaterally declared on state media alleging that; the grievances raised by doctors were being addressed and return of normalcy in the health sector is to be expected. What is being witnessed is gross misrepresentation of facts and complete disregard of the gravity of this matter. None of the grievances has been addressed and negotiations are being deliberately delayed and done in bad faith.

The nation may be keen to know, since the industrial action started there have been only two engagements with the Ministry of Health and no direct or documented response to address the grievances have been made,” read the press release.

The health practitioners are protesting over worsening working conditions and remuneration- as well as the shortage of drugs and working material. They are also against the sale of available drugs in foreign currency and also the dilapidated hospital infrastructure.