Despite earlier indications that a deal had been struck between striking doctors and the government, the doctors strike has taken a new twist amid reports that government has rejected a 100% increment proposal on their on call allowances.
Sources say the government had agreed to most of the doctors demands which include duty free certificates for vehicles once in five years, new residences, cancellation of disciplinary hearings, payments of December salaries which had been withheld, among many other issues.
However, in a dramatic twist government has rejected the demands for $15 on call allowance which is currently pegged at $7,50 but the deputy minister in the ministry of health and Child Care John Mangwiro has blocked the proposal.
Doctors had also showed willingness to climb down on their calls to have salaries paid in US dollars.
The health practitioners are also protesting over worsening working conditions and remuneration as well as the shortage of drugs and working material.
They were also against the sale of available drugs in foreign currency and also the dilapidated hospital infrastructure.