Doctors unfazed despite threats

BY MOSES MATENGA

DOCTORS yesterday said they remained unfazed by the formation of a splinter group reportedly linked to the ruling Zanu PF party, which they accused of seeking to divert attention on their grievances.

A new group, the Progressive Doctors Association of Zimbabwe, was last week formed as a direct response by government to the Zimbabwe Hospital Doctors Association, which has been a thorn in government’s flesh after its members went on strike to demand better pay, medicines for the hospitals and better working conditions.

Today marks 105 days after the industrial action by doctors started.

“Contrary to relentless propaganda, we emphatically reiterate that the situation has not changed in our health institutions,” the doctors said in a statement.

They said the few doctors who had returned to work had been intimidated to do so, adding that for three months, there had been no meaningful action to address the problems.

The doctors said there was need to ignore splinter groups that come at the 11th hour with an agenda to destabilise their action.

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