Doctors dismiss strike reports

UTH Lusaka.

RESIDENT doctors at the University Teaching Hospital (UTH) have dispelled assertions that they are on strike, saying their grievances with Government are being addressed.
Resident Doctors Association of Zambia (RDAZ) president Francis Mupeta said operations at the UTH are running normally and that doctors are attending to patients.
Dr Mupeta said the misunderstandings between doctors and Government are being addressed. He said he is optimistic that Government would address the issues affecting doctors and other health workers.
“It was reported in mainstream media that junior doctors at the University Teaching Hospital have gone on strike. We wish to inform the members of the public that the resident doctors are not on strike,” he said.
Dr Mupeta said Government owes 250 doctors a total of K10 million in unpaid allowances and that they need this issue to be addressed.
He said doctors and other health workers operate under difficult conditions such as limited medical equipment, huge doctor-patient ratio, lack of promotions and limited positions.
Dr Mupeta said RDAZ members endeavour to provide quality health-care within the available limits and that they will continue to engage Government on several issues affecting them.
“We shall continue to engage Government on several matters affecting doctors in Zambia so as to improve service delivery and avert future industrial unrest among health workers,” he said.

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