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Govt Healthcare Workers Declare Incapacitation

Govt Healthcare Workers Declare Incapacitation

The Zimbabwe Health Apex Council has notified members of the public that its members (government health workers) have decided to withdraw their labour starting on Monday, 20 June 2022 citing incapacitation.

In an open letter to the public this Friday, the Health Apex Council said their employer has refused to meet them since April 2021 and they are left with no option but to embark on industrial action. The letter reads:

As the government health workers of Zimbabwe, it is with regret that we inform the general public that we have taken a decision to withdraw our labour effective Monday, 20 June 2022.

It is not a decision that was taken lightly, we are fully cognisant of the human costs related to any action of this kind but the conditions of service, specifically the remuneration of healthcare workers is presently so poor that most health workers can no longer afford the service they provide and nor are they able to look after and fend for their families.

It is common knowledge that the economic conditions prevailing in the country have rapidly deteriorated especially over the last three months.

This is something that the government has acknowledged and is reflected by the government’s continued review of tariffs and expenses.

State-related enterprises have also reviewed their tariffs on a continued basis. Recent examples include the increases in electricity and fuel prices, toll fees and vehicle licensing fees to mention a few.

Even the government itself has reviewed and increased the prices of hospital services, rating them against the interbank rate. There can be no greater acknowledgement by the health authorities regarding the loss of value than this.

Inflation has skyrocketed and is now greater than 130%, year on year. The property datum line for a small family of six now sits at $133,000 ZWL. Even the highest-earning healthcare workers now earn far less than this.

The decision to withdraw service has only come after repeated efforts to engage the employer, the Health Service Board and the Ministry of Health and Childcare, pleading with them to review the conditions of service of health workers.

To date, we have written more than five letters over the last 14 months requesting meetings, to engage on how to improve the conditions of service and improve the morale of the healthcare workers.

Yet to date, we’ve not had a single meeting with the Health Service Board in 14 months. Other civil servants have enjoyed the company of their minister but this is not the case with the health workers.

As workers, there has not been a single meeting with the Minister of Health and Child care since his appointment.

The Health Service Board chairperson has also been hostile to health workers and has repeatedly refused our calls to engage with him.

Not only that, the government continues to spread lies and misinformation about the current conditions of service for healthcare workers.

The minister of finance publicly refers to free meals, free transport and free accommodation, all of which are not subsisting on the ground.

The government prefers to award unilaterally, token increases which do not meaningfully improve the conditions of service.

They prefer to misinform the public, quoting percentage increases without specifying the actual value of the increases. The last of which was a token 20% increase awarded in February 2022.

The prevailing poor conditions of service have caused a significant brain drain within the health sector, with more than 4000 resignations in the last three years.

Instead of engaging with the workers, the health authorities through the Ministry of Health have drafted and released a barrage of draconian measures designed to stem the outflow of health workers.

They have illegally prevented the issuance of Certificates of Good standing for doctors which are needed for doctors seeking employment or further training abroad.

They have also centralized and withheld the provision of Letters of Verification for Nurses.

They drafted the recently rejected Health services amendment act without consulting health workers.

This proposed amendment had a single objective of removing the workers’ rights to express their frustrations to industrial action.

We applaud Parliament for rejecting this draft amendment as it clearly does not address the root cause of the health crisis known to all.

All of this has led to extremely low morale among the healthcare workers. We can go as far as to say that it’s an undesirable situation to be cared for by an unhappy health worker.

The current impasse could easily be avoided if the employer and the health service board decided to engage the health workers meaningfully.

It is our prayer that this withdrawal of service is brief, in order to limit the unnecessary inconvenience to the public who depend on our healthcare services.

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Jenarari 1 week ago

Makanganwa here kut ndakamboku dzingai basa . M coming back flom my honeymoon and eviru heruthi workers are going to firu tha heat. God bress pumura

Shalom shabbat 1 week ago

Faith is an essential element of prevailing prayer. "He that cometh to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him." "If we ask anything according to His will, He heareth us: and if we know that He hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of Him." Hebrews 11:6, 1 John 5:14, 15. With the persevering faith of Jacob, with the unyielding persistence of Elijah, we may present our petitions to the Father, claiming all that He has promised. The honor of His throne is staked for the fulfillment of His word.


more bodies for us to claim were killed by the forever ruling party the mighty ZANU PF

Happy sabbath 1 week ago

KJV 1 John 5
Our Confidence in Christ
14 And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us:
15 And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him.

1 week ago

nutshell 1 week ago

the painful truth is that,you will let yo brethren n sister die under yo watch cz you are incapacitated, has died


You See 1 week ago

Chaora chinhu ichi..

Chawabvunza 1 week ago

I support Healthcare workers 100%. They have been incapacitated for a long time. Government took advantage of the nurses not going on work stoppages and thought they had cowed them. Government offered its employees a 100% increment. This is too little. Yes, it is too little taking into account prices which are increased everyday. Teachers too intend to go on strike if their grevances are not addressed by 17 June 2022. I support them to the fullest extent.



Captain Jack Sparrow 1 week ago

I used to think that health workers considered their job a "calling" Besides their service is whack and most people are disease banking the few that go to hospitals actually go to private hospitals so you striking or not doesn't change anything for the ordinary man kkkkkk

nurse kwanhasi 1 week ago

vagara vanenge valamirira ma nurse nemadoctors so that they benefit. health workers are ****s

Chamisa junior 1 week ago

Shiri inofa chete

Vote for CCC for a resurrection an

VYBZ KARTEL 1 week ago

@Chamisa junior, wauri kuti shiri ndiyani ?

STALIN 1 week ago

Manurse zvichemo zvenyu tazvibzwa but now minister ve health vambori ku honeymoon as we speak please try again

Cable Guy 1 week ago

So sad eishhh mmmmhhhhh

BABA VA BLUE💙 1 week ago

Haaa nyaya yema nurse tanzwa nayo ini ndine personal nawo ever since pavaka striker mwana wangu BLUE💙 achatotanga kugwara njere zvino ane smartphone manje

Blue 💙 1 week ago

Zanu yakatsikwa ngunzi
Vote CCC

Captain Jack Sparrow 1 week ago

Well done ipapo bhooo!

Captain Jack Sparrow 1 week ago

@ Fake Captain Jack I have been on this platform for less than a week and you are already sabotaging my alias kkkkkk washaya zita rekuzvitumidza here nhai my lad

Jokonia 1 week ago

Good move,

Chamisa kakata, kakataaa🎶

kkkkk 1 week ago

Nurses are doomed 😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭

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