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doctors strike threatens health system recovery
Association of Doctors for Human Rights (ZADHR)
August 14, 2009
The Zimbabwe Association
of Doctors for Human Rights (ZADHR) deplores the ongoing strike
by junior doctors which threatens to damage efforts underway to
rebuild the country's health system. The health system is
still struggling to emerge from a crisis that left the country's
major referral hospitals unable to deliver services at the end of
are entitled to adequate remuneration and acceptable working conditions.
However, this must also be balanced against the wellbeing of patients.
Unavailability of health services ultimately results in increased
morbidity and preventable deaths.
At a time when all public
service employees are struggling to survive on the salaries and
allowances they are receiving, the Human Resources for Health taskforce
is working to improve the salaries and working conditions of health
professionals. These efforts should not be undermined.
ZADHR calls for improved
communication and cooperation between the Ministry of Health and
Child Welfare, the Health Services Board and the health professionals
concerned regarding efforts to retain and improve the working conditions
of human resources for health.
While it is the Government's
duty to ensure that Zimbabweans have available, accessible and quality
health care, doctors also have a responsibility to contribute towards
this realisation of the right to health.
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