Total disaster in Zimbabwean hospitals as senior doctors declare strike (FULL STATEMENT)


The Senior Hospitals Doctors Association has declared a strike from 26 November, in protest following the dismissal of Junior Doctors By Government. The Doctors vowed to not return to work until the government reinstates fired doctors.

The senior doctors were manning the hospitals and responding to emergencies. With the latest declarations, patients have been put in a catch 22 situation,

Read the statement below:

We, the SHDA met with our members on the 25th of November 2019 and we deliberated on the myriad of challenges currently befalling the medical fraternity. We have noted with grave concern the wanton dismissal of over 435 doctors, the continued summoning of doctors for disciplinary hearing and the withholding of the paltry salaries for the doctors.

The SHDA had continued to engage the employer in dialogue whilst the hostilities on its membership was continuing unabated. Of note is these actions have not capacitated either the hospitals themselves or the human resource base.

We regret to inform you that, the SHDA has agreed with its members who had remained behind offering emergency services to the hospitals: that we be are no longer able to offer any emergencies services as from the 26 of November 2019, 1400 hours; until all the fired doctors are reinstated and there is adequate redressal of their incapacitation.

Members also took note of the continued poor outcomes on the patients being attended to. Due to the above we will no longer be able to offer any services until the matters that we have raised are urgently addressed.

— iHarare

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