Court orders don’t pay bills – Doctors
By Kundai Maponga
Doctors have vowed to stay at home defying a labour court order that they return to work within 48 hours of the ruling last Friday.
Zimbabwe Hospital Doctors Association (ZHDA) leaders addressing members at Parirenyatwa group of hospitals Monday, at a solidarity briefing, said the court order does not buy fuel or food which will capacitate them.
The doctors accused the courts of being captured by the government and therefore issuing orders that did not make sense and could not even be enforced.
ZDHA treasurer general Tapiwa Nongosha said doctors were not engaging in an industrial action but were not coming to work because they were incapacitated.
“This is not an industrial action or a collective job action, we are incapacitated but we are actually surprised to see that the court ruling said the collective job action is illegal but we told them that it’s not a collective job action so we strongly believe that the judgment was already there, it was doctored and it’s something that does not hold water concerning this situation,” Nongosha said.
Digging in ZHDA secretary general, Tawanda Zvakada said doctors will not relent until they are heard.
“So we are not going to leave any stone unturned, we are knocking at every door and will pursue any route that is available to us,” Zvakada said.
Owing to the industrial action hospitals have been deserted leaving patients with no access to medical health care resulting in an increase of avoidable deaths at public institutions.
Wards have had to be closed because they are now empty as patients are either dead or have left hospital to seek care elsewhere.