9 February 2016

Zimbabwe: Doctors' Association Leaders Suspended for Inciting Health Workers, Threaten to Sue Government

THE Health Services Board (HSB) has suspended the Zimbabwe Hospital Doctors Association (ZHDA) leadership, for "inciting" health workers.

ZHDA has for the past few years been highlighting poor conditions of service the country's doctors and health professionals were exposed to by government.

The doctors' representative body has also on several occasions threatened to embark on industrial action as a way of forcing government to honour its obligation of improving health professionals' conditions of service.

ZHDA spokesperson Francis Rwodzi told NewZimbabwe.com in Harare Monday that HSB on Friday slapped his association's top executives with suspension.

"I can confirm that the leadership of ZHDA were on the 5th of February suspended for what they called "incitement of members to engage in such action" and "improper, threatening, insubordinate or discourteous behaviour," said Rwodzi.

He said they suspected that ZHDA leadership was being victimised for criticising HSB for corruption which was unearthed by the Auditor General.

"What also raises stink in this matter is that the HSB has suspended the doctors' representatives without subjecting them to a fair hearing, contravening section 69 of the constitution," he said.

Rwodzi said they were going to sue government for the victimisation of ZHDA leaders.

"We are, with immediate effect, mobilising doctors through our structures and affiliates for a nationwide solidarity campaign in support of the suspended doctors before taking legal action to challenge this unconstitutional action," he said.

"We will never be silenced by the HSB's machinations and will soon seek audience with the office of the President and cabinet to apprise him on the gory situation at the HSB."


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