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Medical doctors warned

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Boniface Chimbwali

Government has warned medical doctors participating in the go slow that they will be held individually accountable for their action.

Public Service Management Division Permanent Secretary Boniface Chimbwali says individual medical doctors who will be found to be in breach of the Health Professions Act, Service Commission Disciplinary Code and Procedures for Handling Offences in the Public Service will be liable to disciplinary action including dismissal.

Mr. Chimbwali explained that government has cleared the salary arrears for three hundred and nine medical doctors and that it is addressing other concerns raised by the doctors.

He also said government has mobilised funds to start dismantling the payment of gratuity and other arrears for health workers.

The Permanent Secretary said government has started recruiting seven hundred and sixty-six health workers including medical doctors.

Mr. Chimbwali was speaking at a media briefing held at the ministry of health this afternoon.

He said government has in the last four years employed twenty-four thousand eight hundred and seventy-five health workers in the public service.

He further stated that the Ministry of Health has included the creation of promotional positions in the Treasury Authority number five and six of 2021 and in the 2022 budget submission, which will be tabled before Parliament in September this year.

And Health Professions Council of Zambia Registrar Bwembya Bwalya said there is no grievance that precedes human life.

Dr. Bwalya said doctors took oath to protect life, adding that they must stick to it.

And Information and Broadcasting Services Permanent Secretary Amos Malupenga has appealed to the resident doctors to be patient with government as it addresses their concerns.

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