Junior doctors in Zimbabwe strike over poor pay, lack of basic equipment

Johannesburg – Junior doctors in Zimbabwe have gone on strike over sub-standard conditions, including poor working conditions, low salaries and shortages of basic medicines and equipment.

On Monday, Pindula News reportd that the doctors went on strike because of the many challenges they are forced to endure.

The strike is affecting the Parirenyatwa Group of Hospitals, Chitungwiza and Mpilo Hospital in Bulawayo. But, Mpilo Central clinical director Solwayo Ngwenya on Sunday said their doctors are not on strike.

He said the hospital was functioning as normal, the strike had been ineffective in his area despite medical colleagues of the doctors in Harare unsuccessfully attempting to get the Mpilo doctors to join their strike.

However, a Newsday source at Mpilo Hospital said that the doctors organised a meeting, they agreed to join the strike.

The doctors are unhappy over their salaries being depreciated due to hyper-inflation gripping Zimbabwe in its post-coup and post-election climate.

Their argument is that their salaries are almost worthless and have demanded that they get paid in US dollars.

They have also demanded an improvement in their working conditions, incorporating protective equipment at work and that their locum allowances be paid.

Including the introduction of non-medical chief executive officers at health institutions has become a big problem. Many junior doctors are disgruntled by the decision, saying their lack of medical knowledge is making their working conditions worse.

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