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‘Courts not the solution to doctors’ crisis’

By Jacob Mafume

An attempt by government to resolve their impasse though the courts is not only ill informed but extends the period of crisis resolution.

Cllr Jacob Mafume, MDC National Spokesperson
Cllr Jacob Mafume, MDC National Spokesperson

Having a court of law dealing with the legality of a job action does not entail the problem has disappeared. In fact the issues being raised by the medical practitioners are legit and reasonable.

The doctors want the ratio between patients and clinical personnel reduced, drugs procured, health facilities improved, equipment sourced and medical supplies ensured.

All these are selfless demands meant to save life yet the government is happy with a cosmetic appearance of doctors at work while unable to save lives or adequately serve the people.

The government therefore reduces the discourse to the issue of the welfare of the practitioners just to misinform the public, assassinate the character of the profession as one driven by greed and even worse decide to use scare tactics.

Scaring the practitioners using court orders will only prolong the crisis period. Dialogue would have found a lasting solution, it seems the government is allergic to this phenomenon.

Even if doctors return to work today with the working conditions as deplorable as they are, lives will still be lost to avoidable causes.

There is danger in a hospital manned by disgruntled personnel. More importantly labor is not forced, people’s rights in this respect are Constitutional, and they cannot therefore be taken away through the courts.

The route taken by the government has a potential of a long winding legal battle which at the end will cost the public.

The government ought to address the issues being raised at this stage when budgets for the following calendar year are being discussed.

Behold the New. Change that Delivers!

Jacob Mafume is the MDC National Spokesperson