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DOCTORS countrywide have welcomed the sacking from government of deputy minister of Health and Child Care Dr Paul Chimedza, saying his departure was good for the sector.

Dr Chimedza, who has been under attack from the doctors for some time, was among the seven ministers who were fired by President Robert Mugabe on Sunday for what a government statement said was incompetence.

Last week the Zimbabwe Hospital Doctors Association appealed to both Mugabe and cabinet to rein in Dr Chimedza whom they accused of driving a wedge between the doctors and government.

Among other things the doctors said Dr Chimedza was responsible for the government decision to deduct money from their December salaries for their involvement in the November strike.

The doctors condemned Dr Chimedza for what they said was “insensitivity” to their plight. The Association further made an urgent court application challenging the government’s decision to deduct money from their salaries.

A statement from the association said the sacking of Dr Chimedza was in the best interest of the country’s health delivery system as he had become more dangerous than helpful in government.

“For a civil servant who is supposed to improve health service delivery in the country to describe doctors as drunkards and chain-smokers is not only shameful but pathetic, and undermines the office that he occupied,” read the statement.

It added: “As ZHDA, we were shocked to hear that the deputy minister blessed the garnishing of struggling doctors’ salaries who participated in a constitutional job action demanding improved remuneration.”

“We feel that such kind of people should not be allowed anywhere near public office if Zimbabwe is to achieve targets set in ZIMASSET as well as the Millennium Development Goals.”

Source : New Zimbabwe