Zimbabwe to improve benefits for doctors

04 Sep 2019

According to the Health Services Board (HSB), the Treasury has decided to alter the cost of living allowances and also offer health allowances in response to yesterday’s doctors’ strike, The Herald reports. 

The Zimbabwe Hospital Doctors' Association said that doctors in Government-owned hospitals "are not in a position to go to work due to inadequate salaries and allowances".

HSB chairperson Dr Paulinus Sikosana, when speaking in an interview, said that talks were still being held to project vulnerable members of the public from any changes. 

Dr Sikosana said: "We had an agreement with them as the health apex committee on the adjustment on the cost of living. The collective agreement, however, had conditionalities where doctors said they are not satisfied and we have since sent a request to Treasury which has been accepted.

"We have already submitted the key scale salary document to Treasury that they provide for an adjustment and it has concurred saying resources are available to cater for the adjustments presented in the request."

Dr Sikosana added that the HSB acknowledged doctors’ request to adjust the cost of living allowances. 

"That will depend on the ability of the economy and Treasury to absorb the costs. So in the long term depending on the performance of the economy the Government has the intention to ensure all civil servants are able to have remuneration that will sustain them in this country," Dr Sikosana added.