President E D Mnangagwa
President Emmerson Mnangagwa has cut short his annual leave in order to deal with the issue of striking doctors. The government met with doctors’ representatives on Monday but they could not agree on a number of issues. Mnangagwa revealed that on microblogging site Twitter,
“I have cut short my leave to be in immediate and active consultation with the Acting President in resolving the situation in the Health Sector.”
Meanwhile, the government announced on its Twitter account that the Health Services Board (HSB) should deal with the striking doctors.
“Acting President, General (Rtd) Constantino Chiwenga, on 1 January 2018, issued a statement on the ongoing illegal doctors’ strike, which notes that Gvt will not pay salaries in forex & that it had addressed, ALL but two issues with the striking doctors.
“Fulfil all commitments made to health workers, who continue to serve with an undertaking to review the conditions of ALL civil servants within the 2nd Quarter of 2019.
“Request the HSB to take action against striking doctors, whose conduct was declared unlawful & is contrary to the Hippocratic Oath, ethics & international best practice which enjoin them to be professional & not to abandon patients.
“Thank senior doctors, doctors in private practice, retirees, expatriates, foreign-based & trained Zimbabwe nationals for offering their services in the interests of patients.”