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Zimbabwe: Fired doctors can return to work only if they reapply – Govt

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Reappication is the only option for those Zimbabwe’s health workers who were discharged during a series of disciplinary hearings but are now willing to return back to their duties.

This is according to the Acting Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services, Minister Mangaliso Ndlovu. The high-profile official has made a statement on the matter reassuring the public that the “government would not rescind its position on the fired doctors.”

“Cabinet was informed of a meeting which was held on 15th November, 2019 between the Minister of Health and Child Care and representatives from the Senior and Junior Doctors Association,” Ndlovu noted. “While positive strides were made at the meeting, with some doctors showing a willingness to return to work, Cabinet has resolved that those doctors already discharged have to apply for readmission.”

Earlier this month, 435 doctors, including both junior and senior specialists, as well as the nurses and paramedics who went on strike over poor pay faced dismissal with 43 more pending their disciplinary hearings. The situation has resulted in the healthcare facilities’ closure across the country that left thousands of patients without any help.

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