BULAWAYO, Tuesday, August 13, 1991 — Junior doctors at the United Bulawayo Hospitals have stopped doing extra night shifts, arguing they are being overworked in terms of the number of calls they are supposed to do.
Confirming the reluctance by the eight junior doctors to do extra shifts, the medical superintendent for the group of hospitals, Dr Godwin Gwisai, said the doctors stopped doing the shifts last Wednesday. “The junior doctors in both the medicine and surgery departments indicated that the work was too much for them in terms of the number of calls that they were supposed to have a month. They said they were only prepared to do eight calls a month,’’ said Dr Gwisai.
“The reluctance by the junior doctors to do extra shifts has seriously affected health care standards since there are not enough doctors to attend to patients at night,’’ said Dr Gwisai.
He said the Minister of Health, Dr Timothy Stamps, was aware of the problem. “Before the doctors stopped doing extra shifts last week, they informed the Ministry of Health of their intention and the Permanent Secretary for Health, Dr Godfrey Sikipa, promised to come down this week to meet with consultants, middle-level doctors and the junior doctors themselves.”