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Doctors and nurses not happy in Zimbabwe

Doctors and nurses are involved in a drawn out and ugly industrial dispute in Zimbabwe, resulting in more than 16,000 nurses being sacked by the African nation’s new Government.

The nurses were striking over pay and conditions. Junior doctors had only just finished their month-long walk-out over the same issues.

But as the Government tries to hush up the dispute while it heads into its first elections since the ousting of Robert Mugagbe, reports have leaked that the striking nurses were sacked on mass.

Vice President Constantino Chiwenga subsequently confirmed the sackings, accusing the nurses of staging a politically motivated strike. While he said they would be replaced, the nurses’ union has described the Government’s move as a stunt and is considering its response.

Doctors there are now also considering their next move.

CHRIS JOHNSON

 

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