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Zim doctors complain that roadblocks delay their response to emergencies

The Zimbabwe Medical Association asked the police for doctors to be allowed to proceed quickly at checkpoints.

FILE: Zimbabwe riot police deploys in Harare on 4 July, 2016 during clashes with public transport drivers. Picture: AFP.

HARARE - Doctors in Zimbabwe claim police roadblocks are delaying their response to emergencies in the country.

The Zimbabwe Medical Association has now written to the police to ask for doctors to be allowed to proceed quickly through checkpoints and pay their fines later.

You can get held up by police for speeding and talking on your phone but also for having the wrong reflective tape, not securing your fire extinguisher or for the type of spare wheel you have.

Those infractions can mean a fine of up to $20 and police almost always insist you pay it on the spot, threatening either to impound your car or to travel with you to a bank to get the money.

The Zimbabwe Medical Association says some of its members have failed to attend to emergencies at hospitals or surgeries because they've been held up by the police.

In a letter circulated on social media, the organisation has asked for doctors not to be forced to pay up immediately.

Home affairs minister Ignatius Chombo told today's private _Standard _newspaper that police need to keep the roadblocks in place because of the recent demonstrations in Zimbabwe.