Speaking at a press conference on a grant signing ceremony of the Emergency to Control and Avert the 2018 cholera outbreak, Ncube said junior doctors had negotiating platforms and they should follow them if they want their salary increased to match the current economic situation.
“On the issue of salaries in hard currency, let me be clear government cannot pay any civil servant, anyone in hard currency,
“Our job through the central bank is to allocate the little foreign currency that we earn to critical sectors, it is an allocation process and we are determined to make that process more efficient and we can
“we are not able to pay in foreign currency, we do not earn foreign currency as a government.
“There are structures though which they are engaging their line ministry which is the Ministry of Health so I would urge them to continue engaging with those structures and once there is a position over there obviously with us as treasury being involved because all these things have budgetary implications.
“We will then take any proposals, any issues raised forward but I cannot respond to that specifically on this platform,”
“First of all I want to say that we value our junior doctors and we value all our health workers and of course we sympathise with their plight as we do with the plight of every Zimbabwean in this transitional situation that is the first point.
“The second point is that government has done a lot in meeting the demands for the junior doctors whether it is in the form of fuel for transportation purposes or vehicle loans and other such demands that they placed upon us and we responded.
“We feel that we are really doing our part in responding to their demands, if you look at the issue of drugsfor instance, the Reserve Bank working with the Ministry of Finance and Economic Development have provided a facility for the procurement of drugs through Natpham so we have got a good supply of drugs coming through and this again has been communicated to junior doctors,” he said.
He urged doctors to go back to work saying people were dying in hospitals.
“I really want to urge them to go back to work because we have met their demands, I think that it would be unfair for them to stay out there people are dying in hospitals and I think that it is important that the ethics are put before everything else.
“They should go back to work and we will do our part to meet their demands, they are valued employees of this country,” Ncube said.
Junior doctors downed tools on early this month 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.
Rural teachers are currently marching from various rural schools demanding to be paid in United States dollars.