Zimbabwe’s major hospitals have stopped emergency lifesaving procedures after doctors went on strike demanding better work conditions and a salary review.
The Zimbabwe Hospital Doctors Association (ZHDA) Wednesday accused the government of failing to resolve the dispute, two weeks since junior and middle level doctors opted for a work boycott.
“We note with concern the closure of almost all central hospitals, children’s units, provincial hospitals and cessation throughout the country,” ZHDA said in a statement.
“We place this failure directly on the heels of (Health and Childcare minister) Dr (David) Parirenyatwa and the Health Services Board who have shown disinterest and lack of urgency in resolving the demands of the striking doctors.”
The doctors are demanding a review of their on-call allowances, loans to buy cars and the restocking of hospitals with drugs and other medical accessories.
Dr Parirenyatwa at the weekend said the government had acceded to the demands, but ZHDA said the claims were false.