The Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Health and Child Care and the Thermatic Committee on HIV and AIDS have wrapped up the public hearings on the Public Health Bill with stakeholders bemoaning the failure to get timely health care services from medical doctors at public health institutions whom they accuse of concentrating on private surgeries.

The public hearings held in all the 10 provinces across the country were meant to solicit for stakeholders input in the crafting of the Public Health Amendment Act.

Stakeholders expressed concern over the alleged lack of commitment to work by doctors in public health institutions who are accused of concentrating on their private surgeries.

As part of recommendations, the stakeholders said there is need to ensure that the administrative role at district hospitals is not a preserve of medical doctors.

Participants at the Public Health Bill sensitisation meeting held in Hwange called for availing of adequate resources at district hospitals, establishment of a provincial hospital in Matabeleland North, recognition of the important role being played by village health officers and reconstitution of the Public Health Advisory Board.

HIV/AIDS Thematic Committee chairperson Senator Lilian Timvoes described the public hearings as constructive and is upbeat the inputs will contribute to the adoption of a sound public health law.

The underlying message from the stakeholders has been the need for the country to come up with a public health law which improves the health care for all people in Zimbabwe.