Striking Zimbabwean senior doctors say they can't afford to come back to work

The Zimbabwean Health Ministry says the government will advertise for job posts to replace nearly 400 health professionals who were axed after downing tools over poor pay and the state of public hospitals in the country.

This is according to Eyewitness News reporter Ryan Truscott.

It is believed another 200 have gone on strike, demanding that their colleagues be reinstated.

In a hard-hitting statement, the Senior Doctors Association said they do not believe doctors will reapply for the vacancies as the state of public health continues to deteriorate.

The striking senior doctors say they cannot afford to get back to work.

They say that hospitals have become death traps and that doctors do not have the equipment to do their jobs. It is not just about pay but that these senior doctors who include specialists, they were the ones that were keeping the hospitals running.

Ryan Truscott, Reporter - Eyewitness News

They say that with their departure, it means there will be no public hospitals for the time being.

Ryan Truscott, Reporter - Eyewitness News

Until the government gives into the demands of the doctors, then this crisis looks likely to continue.

Ryan Truscott, Reporter - Eyewitness News

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