Doctors at Zambia’s main hospital start protest

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Doctors at Zambia’s main hospital have started a sit-in protest to press for a salary rise and improved conditions of service, said a statement by a doctor association.

Doctors at the University Teaching Hospital (UTH) started a 10-day sit-in protest on Wednesday, against the government’s failure to pay settling-in allowances, salary arrears and discrepancies in salary scales between junior and senior medical doctors, according to a statement by Oliver Kaoma, president of UTH Resident Doctors Association of Zambia.

He said the doctors resolved to go on a 10-day sit-in protest after a meeting held on Monday.

“The unanimous decision was arrived at due to prolonged delays in settling the above and failure by the Ministry of Health to honor its commitment after a long period of dialogue,” he said.

“The sit-in is pending resolution of the above issues and will continue for 10 working days after which the members will reconvene to chart the way forward if the issues are not resolved,” he added. Enditem

Source: Xinhua/NewsGhana.com.gh

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