Mnngagwa's government has moved to replace striking junior doctors. In a statement the Ministry of Health and Child Care said it has opened up 204 posts for junior doctors who successfully completed their Part V Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery degrees at local universities and are due to take up their first year internship.
The Health Ministry invited applications from students who have completed their five year programmes from medical universities in the country. Foreign trained medical doctors who have also met local regulations and are ready for internship have been encouraged to also apply for these posts.
Parirenyatwa Group of Hospitals has 57 placements while Harare Central Hospital has 58; Chitungwiza Central Hospital 6; Mpilo Central Hospital 43 and United Bulawayo Hospitals has 40 placements. Applicants are directed to make their applications through the Director Human Resources at the Ministry Headquarters in Office Number 4-49; 4th floor Kaguvi Building, Harare indicating their choice of institution. The Ministry said choice of institution will be on a first come first served basis.
530 Junior doctors were suspended for striking illegally. The Health Services Board (HSB) suspended the doctors with immediate effect after they refused to go back to work earlier this week. Below is the advertisement for internship posts by the Health Ministry: