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Government Sneaking-In Doctors’ Expulsion Letters

Many doctors do not know their fate as yet

By Staff Reporter

Government is allegedly sliding expulsion letters under doctors’ doors at their residences and not communicating with those fired for taking part in the ongoing industrial action that has lasted for 65 days, Open Parly has learnt.

On Tuesday government announced the dismissal of 77 doctors after holding disciplinary hearings last week Friday.

A seemingly disoriented Dr Prince Butau received his letter on Tuesday 20 minutes before the announcement was carried by the national broadcaster on the 8pm news bulletin.

He detailed how he saw the letter being pushed under his door at his Parirenyatwa flat but failed to identify whoever had been sent to do so when he opened the door.

“My letter was slid under my door at 7.20pm, 40 minutes before the 8 o’clock bulletin.

“It said I had been dismissed for failing to be at work without course and have to evacuate the residence otherwise they will use force,” said Butau.

“It is just an insult to the profession whereby we are saying we are advocating for a wage that can sustain us but anyway I was expecting it.”

“Government is continuing with its disciplinary hearing meaning more will be fired.”

Health practitioners union Zimbabwe Hospital Doctors Association (ZHDA) told this publication most of the 77 doctors are in the dark because of government’s “sinister” manner of communication.

“The unfortunate thing is that some do not even know if they were supposed to go for the disciplinary hearings because they did not get the letter, it is disorderly.

“We do not have the full list, we do not have the actual names of the 77 who were dismissed,” said ZHDA acting Vice President Dean Ndoro.

“This will not solve anything, what is needed is dialogue. We know we are in a health care crisis and need to profer solutions, not threats.”

As doctors marched against their employer, demanding wages pegged at an interbank rate government continued with its disciplinary hearings at the same venue, Parirenyatwa Group of Hospitals.

Zimbabwe is experiencing its worst economic crisis since 2008 characterised by high inflation that has shrunk the buying power of the local RTGS currency, devalued wages across all industries and witnessed a surge in poverty levels allegedly due to Finance Minister Mthuli Ncube’s austerity policies.

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Wisdom Mumera

A journalist by trade, a writer by birth.

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