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Magombeyi Recovering In SA, As Doctors Continue Incapacitation Strike

The Zimbabwe Hospital Doctors Association (ZHDA) has confirmed that Dr Peter Magombeyi, who has been receiving medical attention in South Africa is recovering well and is now receiving care and counselling at home while other doctors continued with the incapacitation strike.

Doctors marked their 50th days since the day they declared incapacitation to their employer before demanding to have their salaries reviewed inline with the prevailing interbank rate.

In a statement read at Parirenyatwa Hospital today, the doctors said they will continue to fight for the struggle that their president was abducted for.

“As doctors, we are deeply saddened by the collapse of the health system. We vow that we will not rest until we save our health care delivery system that our president Peter Magombeyi fought for,” read the statement.

The doctors are also requesting for adequately resourced hospitals to improve the health service delivery to the people.

On the other hand, the government has reviewed health sector-specific allowances by a further 40 percent with effect from October 1, 2019, which will see junior doctors receiving $2 400 for on-call allowances, up from $1 200 initially offered.

Nurses will get $720 for either night duty, standby or call allowances, up from the previous $360 while nurse managers will get $1 000, up from $500.

Further, the government has resolved to pay civil servants full bonuses for 2019, pegged on gross income, a departure from last year when the 13th cheque was based on pensionable salaries only.

However, the Doctors stand with their request to receive their salaries equivalent to the interbank rate.

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