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Strikes and Protests 2007/8 - Doctors and Nurses strikes
health sector emergency
Association of Doctors for Human Rights (ZADHR)
June 01, 2007
the special index page on strikes and protests by the medical
profession in Zimbabwe
Association of Doctors for Human Rights (ZADHR) deplores the failure
by the Government of Zimbabwe to address the prevailing emergency
in the public health sector.
and unacceptable working conditions for health workers across the
country have resulted in a crisis that has left the country's major
referral hospitals unable to function. Inadequately remunerated
health workers across the country can no longer afford to travel
to work and in Harare many other health worker cadres have now joined
the nurses in commencing strike action as at 1 June 2007.
The loss of
life and increased morbidity resulting from the absence of health
workers at their places of work, whether resulting from inability
to pay for transport or from actual strike action, remains the responsibility
of the Government with whom the obligation remains to ensure that
the right of all Zimbabweans to health care is respected, protected
that it can no longer be said that the health service is 'near collapse.'
The emptying of central and other hospitals of staff, and therefore
of patients, means the health service HAS collapsed. ZADHR calls
upon the Ministry of Health and Child Welfare in liaison with other
relevant Government departments to attend to the situation and resolve
the health worker emergency without delay.
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