Zim medical staff offered salaries in forex

Zimbabwe’s public hospitals had been at a virtual standstill for the last three months because of an...

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Now efforts by President Robert Mugabe’s government to lure workers back with foreign currency were rejected.

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Mugabe’s government was trying to lure them back to work by offering salaries in foreign currency that had been donated by aid agencies.

The government was offering to pay GPS 500 US dollars a month, while specialists were being offered 850 US dollars.

Nurses and cleaners were being offered between 30 and 60 US dollars a month, but the president of the Hospital Doctors Association said this was not enough.

Amon Siveregi said prices were going up in <country-region w:st="on"><place w:st="on">Zimbabwe</country-region> even in US dollar terms.

He said the HDA was demanding at least 800 US dollars a month for nurses, and one and a 1500 US dollars for junior-level doctors.