The Chron­i­cle

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News -

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.”

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