Junior doctors give govt strike notice
JUNIOR doctors in public hospitals have issued a two-week strike notice demanding a review of their salaries and for the supply of personal protective equipment (PPE) against the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.
“As the ZHDA, we feel that it is now time that the employer takes these life-threatening concerns seriously. We hereby engage the employer to address these chronic issues, including that the remuneration of health workers should be urgently looked into and the Covid-19 allowances reviewed to meaningful figures in a stable currency.“Personal protective equipment must be readily available upon request and a framework to support infected health workers, including a self-isolation allowance, medicines and food must be put in place with immediate effect.“Should the employer fail to address these issues within 14 days of receipt of this letter, the ZHDA and its members will be forced to suspend operations at public health institutions,” wrote the ZHDA.
“Our infected colleagues are not being taken care of despite being isolated in their homes without any form of support or concern from the employer.“Our salaries are not enough to have savings and cater for our own well-being should we contract Covid-19, and fellow health workers with Covid-19 are being restricted to their own houses, footing their own health bills. Their bravery and commitment is going unnoticed,” the ZHDA said.