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Gvt Cornered As Nurses Declare Incapacitation

Realizing that the 100-days strike by local doctors has not done enough to push for salary adjustments for health workers, Parirenyatwa Group of Hospitals nurses this morning declared incapacitation as they continue to push for better salaries which they said should be pegged according to the prevailing Inter-bank rate.

Today, marks 37 days since local doctors downed tools after failing to agree on a reasonable salary adjustment with their employer.

The latest development has seen nurses also declaring incapacitation, a sign that they might as well join the doctors in the push for better salaries.

Nurses at Parirenyatwa demonstrated in the hospital corridors this morning declaring that it was time their employer took them seriously.

In an interview with 263Chat, one of the nurses who preferred anonymity said their salary is now worthless.

“I cannot keep on reporting for work when the money has lost its purchasing power. Our local transport has gone up, so has the fuel. I can no longer afford to buy bread for my children. How then should I survive and keep on attending to patients when I’m hungry,” she said.

When contacted fro comment by this publication, Parirenyatwa Group of Hospitals Public Relations Officer Linos Dhire said they were closed in a a meeting at that particular time and he was not sure how long it was going to take, hence it was too early for him to comment.

“We just called a meeting right now and it’s still on hence its too early to unpack the details of the meeting as the nurses have not made clear their demands,” Dhire said.

Efforts to get a comment from the Principal Nursing Officer and Hospital CEO were fruitless as they were all part of the meeting during the time of print.

Doctors have not been reporting for work for the past 37 days and this has left the state in government hospitals so chaotic. The move by nurses would further throw the health system into turmoil.

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