Press Statement by the Resident Doctors Association of Zambia
Resident Doctors Association of Zambia (RDAZ) regrets the firing of nurses who took part in the strike. We wish to categorically state that firing of health workers has never been and will never be a solution to the ills currently being experienced in the health sector. While we condemn the earlier action taken by the nurse when they downed tools, we can not support this move by Government.
It must be mentioned that, the state of affairs experienced in the past week when nurses went on a stand off, will continue by the action by Government to fire them. UTH can not continue running on skeleton nursing staff from the defense force,let alone student nurses.
It is not long ago when government took a similar stance on Medical doctors. It must be known that as a country we lost many doctors to other countries and we have not been able to recover either in numbers or in motivation of medical doctors!
We therefore urge government to rescind its decision for the sake of the poor Zambian who seek medical services from our hospitals.
We remain hopeful that Government and ZUNO will find a lasting solution to the nurses’ plight to avoid further disruptions in service delivery and avert unnecessary mortalities!