Around 187 medical doctors that were employed by the Ministry of Health this year have gone for six months without receiving their salaries.
Resident Doctors Association of Zambia President Dr Francis Mupeta disclosed the development in an interview in Lusaka.
Dr Mupeta said the doctors were engaged by the Ministry of Health this year after the Association raised concern about government’s failure to employ doctors.
He said the Association fought hard to have the unemployed doctors engaged by the Ministry after they spent more than two years on the streets.
He said the failure to place the newly employed medical doctors on payroll is discouraging to the medical fraternity.
Dr Mupeta feared that failing to pay doctors for over six months will frustrate government’s efforts to attract and retain Zambian doctors working abroad.