LSC Press Release Number – 118
Doctors STRIKE is a LABOUR RIGHT enshrined in the Constitution
Harare, Zimbabwe., December 01, 2019
While the intervention by the Catholic Bishops and Higher Life is a great initiative for immediate needs; it is the ultimate responsibility of the authorities to find a sustainable long-term solution and resolve the labour dispute with its employees.
Furthermore, the Local Solutions Council (LSC) notes with great concern a statement by the Senior Hospital Doctors Association (SHDA) which has described the prevailing situation at the country’s major hospitals as a silent genocide because of many deaths caused by lack of basic medical necessities such as bandages, gloves and syringes.
It is also unfortunate that the Government has responded to demands from the Senior Hospital Doctors Association (SHDA) and the Zimbabwe Hospital Doctors Association (ZHDA) to improve working conditions and provide basic medical necessities by issuing notices for disciplinary hearings.
Consequently, the Local Solutions Council (LSC) is calling for the Zimbabwe Government to put patients at the centre of its decision-making process when dealing with medical practioners because ultimately punishing doctors is punishing the patient. We are therefore urging the authorities to find common ground with doctors in the interests of the state and its citizens.
Local Solutions Council
LSC Strategic Unit Members: Chairman – Darlington Nyambiya; Maxwell Saungweme; Kingstone Jambawo; George Mapope; Jethro Makumbe; Ophias Kurauone; Sten Manungo; Liberty Makusha; Clemence Nhliziyo; Norman Tembo; Tapfuma Mushayi; Prestige Matchaba-Hove; Cleopatra Magenga; Life Urombo
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