Zimbabwe: Doctors Strike Over Poor Wages, Patients Sent Home

Parirenyatwa Hospital in Harare, Zimbabwe.

Harare: Zimbabwe doctors have gone on strike protesting poor pay and working conditions characterised by shortages of basic medicines.

Government hospitals have since stopped admitting patients while those showing signs of being stable are being discharged.

“Please be advised that there is another ongoing industrial action by the Junior Residential Medical Officers (JRMOs) and Senior Residential Medical Officers (SRMs) at all the central hospitals since 02 December, 2018,” reads in part a memo by one Dr Narcisius Dzvanga, a Director of Clinical Services at United Bulawayo Hospitals (UBH).

“Management recommends (1) Closure of the outpatients department till further notice (2) Discharge all stable patients who are considered as safe on treatment as outpatients (3) Casualty officers to admit patients to respective disciplines in liason with teams on call and (4) Continue with emergency operations only.”

Health and Child Care Minister Obadiah Moyo was not reachable on his mobile phone for comment.

The doctors – striking for the umpteenth time in recent years – are also demanding among others, payment of salaries in United States dollars saying inflation and collapse in value of the country’s surrogate bond note currency is pauperising them.