The government has allowed fired nurses to go back to work and resume their duties pending final approval from the employer.
The Minister of Health and Child Care, Dr David Parirenyatwa said the majority of the fired nurses are now back at work.
“The majority of nurses who were dismissed have since reapplied for reengagement and government has permitted them to resume duty pending final approval from the employer,” said Dr Parirenyatwa, adding that only 5974 out of 16 974 nurses had downed tools.
“Services have since returned to normal utilizing those nurses who did not participate in the industrial action beefed up by the recruitment of qualified nurses who were not in employment as well as nurses below 70 years who were retired. In addition, all nurses who were on official leave were recalled to duty,” said Dr Parirenyatwa.
Dr Parirenyatwa also said as the recruitment processes are underway, and his ministry has allocated specific quotas per institution of new registered general nurses to recruit.
“Institutions are directed to recruit to the maximum allocated figure. We have enough qualified nurses who are unemployed to fill up these allocated quotas,” he said.
The Minister also said it is regrettable and unfortunate that the nurse fraternity chose to down tools when the government was seriously addressing the issues that nurses and other health profession categories had raised in terms of allowances and relativities.
He added that the government is urgently looking into the outstanding cross-cutting challenges and will resolve them as soon as possible.