GOVERNMENT’S process of taking over nurses’ salaries from two urban local authorities is well on course with Chitungwiza Municipality just left with five nurses only, a senior Cabinet Official said Tuesday.
The Harare City Council and Chitungwiza Municipality have reportedly been absconding payment of nurses who bore much of the brunt amidst the COVID-19 fight.
“Cabinet received an update on the transfer of nurses’ salaries from the Harare and Chitungwiza Municipalities’ payrolls to the Government payroll which was presented by Minister of Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare, Honourable Prof. P. Mavima, as Chairperson of the Ad-hoc InterMinisterial Committee on the transfer of Health workers from municipal to Government payroll.
Cabinet wishes to inform the public that its decision to transfer health workers from the Chitungwiza and Harare Municipalities’ payrolls to the Government payroll has started in earnest, with 60 out of the 65 nursing staff in Chitungwiza having been transferred,” Information Minister Senator Monica Mutsvangwa told a post media cabinet briefing.
Minister Mutsvangwa added that there are 368 health workers whom they want to place in the government payroll.
“Measures are being put in place for the City of Harare to expedite the implementation of the Cabinet decision of transferring 368 health professionals. This is in line with the Government’s decision to centralise the payment of essential services in order to ensure timely payment,” she said.
She said to smoothen implementation of the transfer of the health workers, Cabinet resolved that, going forward,
“1) the implementation of the Cabinet directive be made in a manner that allows the complete absorption of Health Professionals from all Urban Local Authorities starting with Chitungwiza followed by Harare and
then moving on to the remaining Local Authorities;
“2) that the Committee be given a month to engage Municipalities in order
to deal with legacy issues, such as outstanding salaries, provident funds, statutory obligations, and other conditions of service such as funeral assistance, medical insurance and accommodation;
“3) that, instead of transferring just nurses, Government will transfer all health workers in Urban Local Authorities to the Government payroll under the Ministry of Health and Child Care,” she said.
Minister Mutsvangwa also said they are looking into, “sustainable ways of improving the conditions of service for nurses, doctors and other health professionals.”
She said, “This is in light of the huge workload the professionals are burdened with in this era of the Covid-19 pandemic.”
Meanwhile, Minister Mutsvangwa said the Ministry of Health and Child Care has cleared arrears amounting to ZWL$39 000 000.00 owed to local authorities.