Student doctors down tools


Student Medical doctors at the University of Teaching Hospital (UTH) have gone on strike demanding payment of their allowances.

According to a memorandum dated September 1, 2015 signed by Resident Doctors Association UTH branch Secretary Dr. Mtonga Matolase and UTH President Dr. Cyrus Phiri addressed to UTH Senior Medical Superintendent, Juniors doctors at UTH resolved to join the sit in protest by the Registrar at the institution.

This was  after a meeting with Health Permanent Secretary General Davy Chikamata on Tuesday.

Dr. Matolase said the junior doctors at the highest referral health institution were aggrieved by the unpaid allowances.

He said the doctors were also not happy with the incomplete payment of settling-in allowances.

Dr. Matolase said Government owed junior doctors in unpaid allowances.

He disclosed that the junior doctors were aggrieved due to delayed placement of new doctors.

Dr Matolase said the sit-in protest would continue in conjunction with the one by the Registrars until all issues were resolved.

And UTH public relation manager Mwenya Mulenga confirmed the development to Millennium radio.

Mr. Mulenga said the Junior Doctors had a meeting with officials from Ministry of Health at which it was resolved that their allowances would be settled in due course.

“we have what we call the post graduate students, these are doctors who come for school, so some of them have pending allowances and yesterday they had a last meeting with Ministry of Health in which it was resolved that they should get back for work”. Mr. Mulenga said.