Health Minister to striking doctors: Go back to work by Monday or we will deal with you. STATEMENT BY THE MINISTER OF HEALTH AND CHILDCARE ON THE WITHDRAWAL OF LABOUR BY DOCTORS
On 4 October 2019, 01 parties to the Health Service Bipartite Negotiating Panel (HSBNP, agreed to a 60% increase on Health Sector-Specific Allowances. However, the doctors’ representatives walked out on the negotiations as they preferred a higher percentage. The 60% increase was an improvement on the previous offer by Government of 30% which was rejected by the Health Apex Council.
The new allowance covers:-Night Duty Allowance, Nurse Managers Allowance, On-call allowance, Special Health Allowance and a Standby/ Callout Allowance.
The parties to the meeting also agreed on the Locum rates for Nurses and Paramedics to be reviewed from the current $4 to $16 per day hour; and from $6 to $24 per night hour, locum rates for Doctors were also reviewed from the current $7 to $28 per day hour; and from $10 to $40 per night hour.
The following were also reviewed in the manner prescribed below:-
• Initial Uniform Grant reviewed from $75 to $300.
• Uniform Maintenance Allowance reviewed from $75 to $300.
• Psychiatric Allowance reviewed from $20 to $100 per month.
• Out of Residence Allowance reviewed from $250 to $500 per month.
• Post basic Allowancereviewed from $70 to $150 per month, whilst Additional Post Basic Allowance would be increased from $10 to $25 per month for the first additional qualification.
Government has shown its sincerity by continuously engaging the health workers to address their challenges including implementing programmes that ensure they have the needed medicines and equipment to deliver medical care. Their remuneration packages have been reviewed consistently in the context of the obtaining economic climate. Government is therefore appalled that doctors have walked out from the negotiating table and from their patients who are in dire need of their care.
Government is grateful to those doctors who remained on their post of duty delivering care, saving lives and alleviating suffering. For sake of saving lives of the patients, we now call on all doctors (Ministry of Health and University Consultants) to report to their posts of duty at 0800 hours on Monday the 715 of October 2019. Those who fail to do so are reminded that they are in breach of their contracts of employment and will face disciplinary action.
Patients’ lives are paramount.
Hon Dr 0. Moyo
Minister of Health & Child Care
Source – iHarare
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