Doctors stage demo at HSB offices

GOVERNMENT hospital doctors yesterday staged yet another demonstration (after Friday’s) at their employers’ offices — the Health Services Board (HSB) — demanding their full dues.

BY PHYLLIS MBANJE

The striking doctors, who have vowed to carry on with their protest despite threats and letters of cessation of salary, have accused the HSB of incompetence and Health minister David Parirenyatwa of ignoring their plight.

Referring to Parirenyatwa as the “monster of health” the doctors said they were unfazed by the letters which informed them of cessation of salaries.

“They are telling us to go back to work, but the hospitals are empty, no drugs, and no equipment to use. Why is Parirenyatwa not addressing this as a state of emergency? He is arrogant,” the Zimbabwe Hospital Doctors Association (ZHDA) spokesperson Mxolisi Ngwenya said.

The doctors’ strike which enters day 27 has plunged the country into a health crisis and once again reflected the lack of political will in plugging perennial job actions in the health sector.

Every year medical personnel go on industrial action, which always impacts negatively on the operations of mostly public health facilities.

The doctors were riled by the fact that the Health ministry and the HSB have been “misrepresenting facts and acting in bad faith”.

“The minister appeared on national television and told lies. That is not what we agreed on. We want $10 per hour on call and not the paltry $1,50 they are giving us now,” the doctors argued.

Among their other concerns was the fact that private pharmacies were well-stocked and yet those for the public sector were empty.

Waving placards denouncing both Parirenyatwa and HSB, the doctors called on HSB board chairperson Lovemore Mbengeranwa to resign.

Asked if they were not concerned about their patients’ plight, the doctors said the ministry was responsible for ensuring the health of the nation and should pay them accordingly.

“Doctors are hired guns and we will continue to fight for what is rightfully ours. The blood of the patients is on their hands,” said Ngwenya, who added that history had taught them that if they went back to work without the issues written in black and white nothing will materialise.

“In 2014, we agreed on certain points, but they backtracked once we went back to work. This time we are not going back until pen has been put to paper.”

Yesterday, ophthalmology registrars also joined the strike, saying they were aggrieved by the lack of urgency in addressing all the key issues affecting them.
“The grievances put forward by the interns resonate with us all.”

An ophthalmologist is a specialist in medical and surgical eye disease.

12 Comments

  1. Comment…parerinyatwa must just resign or government must fire him because he is doing nothing other than corruption

  2. The Doctors have made their point. They must now go back to work and continue with dialogue

    1. Only a fool does the same thing over and over again and expects a different result.
      They tried dialogue in 2013/4.
      At any rate doctors do not buy drips and medicines for the hospital. Would you like to volunteer?

  3. Just looking at the pic unobva wangoona kuti we are in serious trouble haiperi nyaya yacho.

  4. There is something called the Hypocratic Oath that doctorsor physicians swear upon qualification, does this apply to Zimbabwean Doctors too?Hear is what it says:
    I swear by Apollo the Healer, by Asclepius, by Hygieia, by Panacea, and by all the gods and goddesses, making them my witnesses, that I will carry out, according to my ability and judgment, this oath and this indenture.

    To hold my teacher in this art equal to my own parents; to make him partner in my livelihood; when he is in need of money to share mine with him; to consider his family as my own brothers, and to teach them this art, if they want to learn it, without fee or indenture; to impart precept, oral instruction, and all other instruction to my own sons, the sons of my teacher, and to indentured pupils who have taken the physician’s oath, but to nobody else.

    I will use treatment to help the sick according to my ability and judgment, but never with a view to injury and wrong-doing. Neither will I administer a poison to anybody when asked to do so, nor will I suggest such a course. Similarly I will not give to a woman a pessary to cause abortion. But I will keep pure and holy both my life and my art. I will not use the knife, not even, verily, on sufferers from stone, but I will give place to such as are craftsmen therein.

    Into whatsoever houses I enter, I will enter to help the sick, and I will abstain from all intentional wrong-doing and harm, especially from abusing the bodies of man or woman, bond or free. And whatsoever I shall see or hear in the course of my profession, as well as outside my profession in my intercourse with men, if it be what should not be published abroad, I will never divulge, holding such things to be holy secrets.

    Now if I carry out this oath, and break it not, may I gain for ever reputation among all men for my life and for my art; but if I break it and forswear myself, may the opposite befall me.[3] – Translation by James Loeb.

    1. Yeah, this applies to all paid professional doctors not underpaid ones I guess.
      It’s the same principle as the swearing in of presidents even though they may be heathen. atheist or satanists. Very few “leaders” in this world are not criminals.

  5. stokononzi ukwane sesalary yemadoctor

  6. The gvt does not care about the plight of their citizens but only of their political muscle hence they divert funds meant for critical areas like health sector and education to buy chiefs cars.

    1. BUT REMEMBER IT MEANS I WILL HAVE TO WALK

      1. PARIRENYATWA IS AN UNEDUCATED FOOL

  7. The Minister of health has been in the culture of lying for long to an extent that even if he is reformed now singing a faithful song of a tight fiscus he unfortunately can no longer be believed.Haunted by his past actions of olden days. Clearly change within this ministry is needed but can best be achieved with somebody not him.

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