The Chron­i­cle

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News -

BULAWAYO, Mon­day, Septem­ber 16, 1991 — Ju­nior doc­tors at Bulawayo United and Mpilo Cen­tral Hos­pi­tals have sent a cir­cu­lar to the Min­istry of Health ad­vis­ing that with ef­fect from the be­gin­ning of this month they were each go­ing to do only a max­i­mum of eight calls a month. In a two-page cir­cu­lar sent to the sec­re­tary for health, Dr Ge­of­frey Sikipa, su­per­in­ten­dent of the coun­try’s four ma­jor hos­pi­tals, the Dean of the Fac­ulty of Medicine at the Univer­sity of Zim­babwe and heads of depart­ment at two Bulawayo hos­pi­tals, the doc­tors said any­thing more than the eight calls was op­tional.

They said they had re­solved to do eight calls, af­ter do­ing 10-15 calls a month since the be­gin­ning of the year, be­cause they could not con­tinue to suf­fer ei­ther phys­i­cally, men­tally or so­cially be­cause Bulawayo was ex­pe­ri­enc­ing a crit­i­cal short­age of doc­tors. The doc­tor said that 25 ju­nior doc­tors were as­signed to the two Bulawayo hos­pi­tals at the be­gin­ning of the year but seven of them failed to turn up.

Two of those who came had since left for South Africa. “The staff sit­u­a­tion at the two hos­pi­tals has been ig­nored for a long time as if it is noth­ing se­ri­ous and, as a re­sult, the ju­nior doc­tors at the hos­pi­tals are ex­pected to do all the work even if it means do­ing calls one in two days or one in three days as is the sit­u­a­tion now,” said the cir­cu­lar.

The al­lo­ca­tion of ju­nior doc­tors for Bulawayo was in­ad­e­quate as only 40 per­cent of them were as­signed to Bulawayo with the rest re­main­ing in Harare, it added. “In fact the al­lo­ca­tion should be 50-50 if not more in favour of Bulawayo be­cause ju­nior doc­tors in Harare al­ways have the as­sis­tance of med­i­cal stu­dents, par­tic­u­larly those in the fi­nal year,” said doc­tors.

They said their two-year house­man­ship pe­riod was sup­posed to be both a work­ing and learn­ing pe­riod but the lat­ter pur­pose was not be­ing re­alised be­cause thy were per­pet­u­ally tired af­ter the long calls cou­pled with lack of sur­geons, con­sult­ing and equip­ment.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Zimbabwe

© PressReader. All rights reserved.