Mnangagwa Govt Not Worried About Nurses And Patients
The MDC observes with great concern another potentially crippling nationwide strike embarked by nurses in Government run hospitals on Monday 16th April 2018.
For the MDC, the definition of failure is when a government department gets gripped by industrial action every other month.
The strike is the second in less than a month by nurses who grudgingly called off the previous one.
In calling of the previous strike, nurses gave the Health and Child Care ministry a 14-day ultimatum which elapsed yesterday. We would have thought that Government would make use of the 14 -day period to urgently resolve the matter. Instead they saw it fit to ignore these grievances. As MDC we believe nurses and doctors are the heartbeat of the healthcare system and should be accorded the much needed respect. It is clear that there is a huge crisis in the health sector that needs to be acted on as a matter of urgency.
We are then flabbergasted when the health sector consistently appears to be the least of the government’s worries. Our public health system has deteriorated at an alarming rate under the watch of career minister-David Parirenyatwa. Parirenyatwa has failed and should be man enough and call it quits. We appeal to Government to urgently and permanently address the needs of striking nurses in order to avoid further loss of lives. The country cannot afford a situation where health workers are on strike every month.
MDC National Spokesperson