UTH nurses refuse to meet the Minister of Health
Nurses at the University Teaching Hospital yesterday refused to meet Health Minister Joseph Kasonde to discuss their grievances. Addressing journalists after he toured the Intensive Care Unit, Ward
E11 and the main pharmacy yesterday, Dr Kasonde said that he was not pleased by the action of nurses not to show up at the organised meeting.
“I am not pleased with the nurses. I have followed them all the way so that we can discuss and find a solution, then they do not want to come to the room we have arranged to meet them.”
“We want 100 per cent work here so that we can deliver to our citizens,” he said.
Dr Kasonde, who was accompanied by Information and Broadcasting Services Minister Mwansa Kapeya, assured the striking nurses and other staff that Government would make corrections on the anomalies detected in the recently improved conditions of service for public service workers in which nurses claim that they were given less than what was expected.
He said the health workers would receive their correct salaries this month end. He urged the nurses to state the problem and find solutions before downing tools as they played a critical role in the health delivery system.
He said Government had held talks with relevant authorities over the matter and that the situation was taken care of.
He said Government would continue to respect the law and care for patients and was pleased that situation was slowly normalising.
Mr Kapeya who is Chief Government Spokesperson said Education, Defence and Health were cardinal sectors that did not require any labour stoppage.
He was pleased with some health workers who had realised the importance of their profession by going back to work.