Following the Collective Bargaining Agreement between the government and health workers, the ZHDA was given the mandate to engage its members to return to work within 48 hours ending today 7 January 2019 at 1700hrs. The ZHDA carried widespread consultations of its members as per agreement.

The ZHDA members nationwide however felt that the agreement did not take cognizance of their immediate incapacitation in a raging economy as no current offer was made on the remuneration of doctors to improve their welfare. Additionally, there were no timelines and evaluable targets for the provision of drugs and protective equipment to government hospitals. The ZHDA had for the past three months indicated to its employer the paramount need to address these matters. Furthermore, doctors have no transport money and the fuel scheme remains obscure.

The ZHDA members have therefore remained incapacitated and will not be able to resume normal duty till these matters have been addressed by their employer. It is important to note that the few available ZHDA members who showed up for duty in various hospitals have done so as a sign of good faith and remain in solidarity to those at home. It is our hope that the situation will be resolved with the urgency it deserves.

Source: Zimbabwe Hospital Doctors Association