Junior doctors at Zimbabwean public hospitals went on strike on Tuesday over poor working conditions.

A source at the country’s biggest referral hospital -Parirenyatwa Group of Hospitals – said the situation had not yet deteriorated to desperate levels as senior doctors remained at work.

The junior doctors had through the Zimbabwe Hospitals Doctors Association said they were no longer able to report for duty due to the poor salaries.

The government in August offered its workers a 76 percent salary increase, which they provisionally accepted while negotiations for higher wages continue.

The offer raised the salary of the lowest paid worker to 1,023 Zimbabwe dollars (about 96 U.S. dollars), up from 582 Zimbabwe dollars.

The doctors, however, have refused a 60 percent salary increment offer from government, and want their salaries, which were previously pegged in United States dollars, to be adjusted to the prevailing inter-bank rate.

Doctors went on a month-long strike last December over poor pay, while nurses and other health workers have since reduced working days to two per week due to poor salaries.

“It’s only a matter of time before senior doctors join the strike, unless they find a quick solution to the problem,” the situation said. Enditem


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