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Doctors and nurses end strike that crippled healthcare in Zimbabwe

Junior Doctors and Nurses have been on strike for a month now which lead to hospitals closing doors to public last week.


Doctors and nurses end strike that crippled healthcare in Zimbabwe
The staff would get benefits of the deal from April 1, 2018. (Image Credit: Wikimedia)

The government of Zimbabwe has agreed to the terms of medical staff which went on strike pledging for an increase in allowances.

With the deal, the month-long strike, that crippled the delivery of health services, came to an end.

Junior Doctors and Nurses have been on strike for a month now which lead to hospitals closing doors to public last week.

"Review of on-call allowance rate for junior doctors from the current framework of USD 5 per hour on the basis of a capped 72 hours per month to USD 7.50 per hour on the basis of a maximum of 160 working hours per month. This will be paid on an unclaimable basis at the rate of USD 1200 per month for the Junior Doctor," the agreement reads in part.

The deal was signed by representatives from both the sides and includes a pact for an increase in allowances of nurses as well as night duty stipends also increased.

Salaries of nurses will be increased based on their qualifications and the increments would cost the country USD 1.3 million a month.

The staff would get benefits of the deal from April 1, 2018.


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