Information and Broadcasting Services Permanent secretary Amos Malupenga has advised the Resident Doctors Association of Zambia to call off their go slow and get to the negotiating table with the government.
Mr. Malupenga says government does not act under duress.
He says government has shown a lot of goodwill, hence the release of 2-hundred million kwacha for the public service workers to clear arrears.
Mr. Malupenga says the presence of doctors’ in health facilities is critical at this time of a looming third wave of Covid-19 adding that a go-slow will have an impact on the health sector.
He says the demands to employ 5 hundred doctors cannot happen in a day because procedures need to be followed.
Mr. Malupenga was speaking in an interview with ZNBC News in Lusaka today.
And speaking earlier on a Hot FM program, Health Permanent Secretary Technical Services Kennedy Malama said the Resident Doctors Association of Zambia is an association with no bargaining power for conditions of service.
Dr. Malama said it is also unfortunate that the resident doctors did not hand over the letter for the go-slow addressed to Ministry of Health Permanent Secretary Administration but was posted on social media.
Meanwhile, Public Service Management Division -PSMD- Permanent Secretary Boniface Chimbwali said the go slow is illegal.
Mr. Chimbwali said government doors are always open and has urged the resident doctors to continue engaging government.