More striking doctors return to work – says new association

JUNIOR doctors under the banner, Progressive Doctors Association of Zimbabwe, have returned to work and managed to convince others to sign resumption of duty forms as a commitment for them to deliver on their national duty.
A week after a group of the doctors made a commitment to return to work, there have been a lot of improvements in the health sector as patients who had been left for dead in the country’s hospitals are getting assistance.
The new doctor’s association, Progressive Doctors Association of Zimbabwe, says it has so far managed to convince a number of striking doctors to sign up resumption of duty forms giving hope to many patients who were now severely exposed by the three-month-long strike spearheaded by the Zimbabwe Hospital Doctors Association.
The doctors say the response by their colleagues to national duty is critical given that it comes to cushion against pressure for service delivery during the festive period.
“We have made quite a lot of progress to convince some of our striking colleagues to go back to work and quite a number have signed up resumption of duty forms which is a good thing because they will be able to work on emergencies that usually occur during the festive period,” said Dr Anesu Rangwani, the Spokesperson of Progressive Doctors Association of Zimbabwe.
The junior doctors say they remain committed to restore stable service across health institutions in the country and protect the lives of patients.
They also state that the current impasse between doctors and government can be resolved amicably between the two parties while avoiding the use of needy patients as pawns to negotiate for resolutions.