Mpilo Hospital doctors have escalated their industrial action and taken it to the streets.The disgruntled doctors embarked on demonstrations where they waved placards in the streets of Bulawayo on Thursday.
The doctors lamented over poor remuneration and poor working conditions in public hospitals and blame the government for not lending them an ear and address the crisis which has affected patients as well.
Junior doctors started their strike early this month before some senior doctors and radiographers joined them.
Doctors are demanding to be paid in United states dollars as they say the cost of living has become too high.
The health practitioners are protesting over worsening working conditions and 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.
ZHDA information department on Wednesday issued a statement rubbishing reports that the their industrial action was ending soon as they were engaging with government.
“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.