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Harare. December 31, 2018. - [Top Health News Africa] = A month-long impasse between government and doctors over pay and conditions has left Zimbabwe’s health care system in a critical state, after the government suspended more than 500 medical staff last week.
The government refuses to give in to the doctors’ demands and has ordered striking doctors to return to their posts.
Acting president, retired general Constantino Chiwenga fired more than 550 doctors and radiographers on Christmas Eve over the strike which the government ruled as unlawful.
Junior doctors in Zimbabwe earn just $329 a month, despite many years of training and study.
Doctors are calling for increased monthly salaries and on-call pay, and for the government to address the shortage of medical supplies and equipment in hospitals.
The Zimbabwe Hospital Doctors’ Association (ZHDA) has vowed to continue with the strike until government meets their demands.
Zimbabwe state doctors go on strike over pay
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