Farayi Machamire 20 April 2018
HARARE – Doctors have distanced themselves from the on-going strike by
nurses saying they remain in their posts, focusing on patients’ welfare
despite the shortage of staff caused by the stand-off.
Only last month, the doctors went on a crippling industrial action that
lasted 30 days and culminated in government conceding to some their
demands which included an increase in basic allowances.
In a statement, the Zimbabwe Hospital Doctors Association (ZHDA) said it
only represents doctors, and therefore the nurses’ strike was not in their
“. . . The outstanding issues continue to be negotiated in the ongoing
bipartite meetings. We are satisfied with the progress so far and will
continue to negotiate to improve our health sector. We acknowledge nurses
as our colleagues, but however, we have no business meddling in their
issues with the employer.
“They have a different association which knows their welfare better than
us. Having said that, any statements suggesting that ZHDA is involved in
the current strike are entirely false, and any party saying otherwise is
saying so in their own capacity independent of Zimbabwean doctors. Doctors
continue with business as usual . . .” reads part of the ZHDA’s statement.