RNs - Zimbabwe

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'Hospital Almost Closed'

The Herald (Harare), June 14, 2007 Harare Central Hospital almost closed down owing to a crippling and protracted industrial action by nurses and supporting staff, which started last month and went on until last week, a parliamentary portfolio committee heard on Tuesday. The hospital's chief executive officer, Mr Jealous Nderere, told the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Health and Child Welfare that about three-quarters of the wards and other units almost came to a standstill as staff failed to come to work, saying they did not have bus fare. The committee, chaired by Kwekwe legislator Mr Blessing Chebundo (MDC), was on a fact-finding mission to assess the impact of the industrial action by nurses in Government and council institutions. The industrial action by nurses in Government institutions has since been called off after last week's salary adjustments, while nurses employed by the Harare City Council are still on strike demanding better conditions of service. ... Hospital

Labour Unions to Launch Protests in July As Economy Collapses

Lance Guma, SW Radio Africa (London), June 14, 2007 The Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU) is already making plans to launch more strikes in July, following what they say is an unchanged situation since their last strike in April. Japhet Moyo the Deputy Secretary General of the ZCTU told our Behind the Headlines programme that workers are suffering while government has no clue how to sort out the economic mess. He says all the government is doing is to blame Britain, the United States and what they claim are economic sanctions for the problems in the country. Moyo lashed out at the government accusing them of only being concerned with how to win the next election while the rest of the population faced starvation. ... Labour

Aid Agency Memo Warn Employees That Zimbabwe Will Collapse Within Six Months

Linda Young, AHN News, June 14, 2007 Harare - Analysts say that hyperinflation in Zimbabwe will bring about a complete economic collapse within the next six months. Such a standstill could lead to civil unrest that can paralyze President Robert Mugabe's government, according to a warning international aid agencies gave their staff members. Inflation in Zimbabwe soared to a record 4,530 percent in May and the cost of living for an average family in an urban area rose by 66 percent last month. The respected Heads of Agencies Contact Group representing 34 aid organizations that include the United Nations, the International Federation of the Red Cross and Oxfam issued the warning in an internal memorandum. It is the first sign that aid groups are preparing for the nation's collapse. ... Aid

Mugabe to ferry doctors, nurses to work

ZimDaily, June 13, 2007 Desperate government of President Robert Mugabe, stung by criticism of running down the once prosperous southern African state, is considering providing medical personnel with transport as junior doctors and nurses are just staying at home, citing increasing transport costs and skyrocketing cost of living. In a memo seen by ZimDaily, health minister David Parirenyatwa wrote to the Central Mechanical Engineering Department (CMED) asking it to work out plans so medical personnel can be taken to and from work. "In light of recent developments, please look into this issue and advise if it is feasible to provide health personnel with transport to and from work," he wrote. He added, "This can start with Harare and if it works, we should consider introducing the plan to other cities and towns." The tuberculosis (TB) ward at Beatrice Road Infectious Diseases Hospital, has been shut down as there are not enough nurses and doctors and those that are there are attending to less critical cases. ... Mugabe

Zimbabwe Hospital Doctors Strike Draws In Nurses & Support Staff

Ndimyake Mwakalyelye & Fazila Mohammed, Voice of America, June 4, 2007 An ongoing strike by junior and senior resident doctors in Zimbabwean state hospitals, bolstered by a walkout by a broad range of hospital medical and support staff, have crippled services with patients waiting hours for care or being turned away. But despite deteriorating conditions at the hospitals their medical staff say they plan to continue their job action until demands for increased pay and allowances are met. The latest round of hospital strikes began last week with junior and senior residents at Parirenyatwa Hospital and Harare Hospital demanding an increase in their monthly salaries to Z$70 million (US$1,400) a month plus US$3,000 in auto loans. Residents at state hospitals in Bulawayo, the country's second largest city, joined the strike a day later, and over the weekend other health care staff in Harare including nurses, nursing aides, laboratory staff, radiologists, pharmacists, food service workers and laundry staff walked out, leading to a total paralysis of operations. ... Zimbabwe

Patients Turned Away As Nurses Strike

Bertha Shoko, Zimbabwe Standard, June 3, 2007 Harare - Fifty-year-old Patricia Nhera, an employee of the City of Harare in Mbare, fell and dislocated her hip at work on Wednesday. Unable to move after her fall, Nhera was rushed to Harare hospital's casualty department where she had an emergency X-ray. But since her admission and until Friday morning, no doctor had examined her. With not even a pain killer to ease her anguish, Nhera spent two nights at Harare hospital. She was "discharged" from hospital on Friday morning and advised to seek treatment elsewhere. When The Standard visited Harare hospital on the same morning Nhera and her husband were waiting outside the casualty department. They said they were told to go to a private doctor. On the verge of tears, Nhera said: "We have no money to pay private doctors. I am just a city council cleaner and my husband is a pensioner. What should we do, mwanangu? Tapererwa isu (we have run out of ideas)." ... Patients

‘War situation’ as nurses and doctors strike continues

Tererai Karimakwenda, SW Radio Africa, May 30, 2007 Patients continued to be turned away at Zimbabwe’s major hospitals on Monday as the strike action by junior doctors and nurses continued. The situation has become so critical the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) described the health delivery system as being comparable to "a war situation." Speaking at a one-day workshop on human rights at the National University of Science and Technology in Bulawayo, the ICRC communication delegate for Southern Africa, Sebastian Brack said the crisis could no longer be ignored if lives were to be saved. The strike is over poor salaries and better working conditions. ... War

90% of nurses join strike

Zimbabwean, May 12, 2007 Harare - A strike by nurses at Harare's two referral hospitals entered its 10th day today, in defiance of a government ban on industrial action among health workers and amid growing tension. Harare Hospital CEO Jealous Nderere said "just a few" nurses were on strike. Health and Child Welfare minister David Parirenyatwa was not available for comment. But President Robert Mugabe's Health advisor, Timothy Stamps, told a gathering during a donation of food aid worth $25million at the Harare Children's Hospital at the weekend that nurses were not on strike but could not afford to come to work. Nurse representatives told The Zimbabwean that an estimated 90 percent of nurses at Parirenyatwa and Harare Hospitals were on strike on Tuesday and that they expected the ranks to swell. "Nurses cannot take this anymore," said a representative of the nurses. ... 90%

Zimbabwean nurses 'victims of fraud'

Stuff.co.nz, February 17, 2007 The Zimbabwean nurses accused of holding fake registration papers are innocent victims of corrupt clerks in their homeland, a lawyer representing them says. Wellington lawyer Roger Palairet, who is representing 25 of about 80 immigrant nurses facing hearings before the New Zealand Nursing Council over the next few weeks, said the question mark hanging over his clients was a "disservice to them" as all were properly qualified. "What's happened is that there have been irregularities and alleged fraud occurring in the new offices of the Nursing Council of Zimbabwe in Harare," he said. ... Zimbabwean

80 nurses may have false papers

The Press West Coast, February 16, 2007 The Nursing Council is investigating whether 80 Zimbabwean nurses in New Zealand rest homes and hospitals are using false papers. The nurses' status has been under investigation since August but became public only yesterday when The Press received a tip-off. All the Zimbabwean nurses involved have been granted New Zealand registration and are still working in public and private hospitals. They will meet the council before it decides whether to strike them from the nurses' register under the Health Practitioners' Competence Assurance Act. ... 80

Nurses Strike - Court Throws Out Group's Application

The Herald (Harare), February 8, 2007 Harare - Four nurses from Harare Central Hospital, accused of forcing other nurses on duty to join them in an unsanctioned strike, had their application for refusal of further remand dismissed on Tuesday. Harare magistrate Mr Brighton Pabwe however, gave State time to amend the charge, which was wrongfully cited at the arrest of the four. Beaven Zisengwe (28), Zororo Kawondera (36), Owen Jinya (27) and Clement Manqee (25) were being charged under section 19 (1) (a) of the Public Order and Security Act, which defence lawyer Mr Charles Kwaramba said was a repealed Act. ... Nurses

Bulawayo university lecturers & Harare nurses go on strike

Violet Gonda, SWRadio, January 31, 2007 More civil servants are going on strike as the economic crisis and their living conditions in Zimbabwe continue to worsen. Lecturers and non-academic staff at the National University of Science and Technology (NUST) went on strike in Bulawayo on Monday with the Association of University Teachers (AUT) agreing that all academic staff at state universities would go on a collective job action when the various universities open soon. ... Bulawayo

Nurses' Strike - Three Arrested

The Herald (Harare), February 2, 2007 Harare - Three male nurses stationed at Harare Central Hospital were yesterday arrested on allegations of inciting their colleagues at Parirenyatwa Hospital to go on strike. Police spokesperson Chief Superintendent Oliver Mandipaka said the three left their workplace and proceeded to incite their colleagues who were working to follow suit. They were arrested by detectives from the Law and Order Section following a tip off. ... Nurses

Zimbabwe state hospitals grind to a halt as nurses join strike

ZimOnline, January 14, 2007 Bulawayo – Operations have virtually come to a halt at two state hospitals in Bulawayo after nurses at the hospitals, which are the biggest in the country’s second largest city, this week went on strike to press for more pay and better working conditions. Nurses at Mpilo and United Bulawayo Hospitals (UBH) had been on a go-slow for the past two weeks but on Tuesday resolved to stop working altogether, joining intern doctors who have boycotted work for the last three weeks also demanding a review of salaries and working conditions. ... Zimbabwe

Strike cripples Zimbabwe's health system

Andrew Geoghegan, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, January 12, 2007 A national strike by public hospital doctors and nurses has crippled Zimbabwe's health system. Doctors began their strike three weeks ago, demanding pay increases of more than 8,000 per cent. Now nurses working at state-run health centres have joined the strike. And there is talk of further industrial action by public service workers who claim they do not have enough money for the basic cost of living. ... Strike

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