More nurses fired at UTH

nurses at Kitwe Central Hospital
nurses at Kitwe Central Hospital
MORE nurses at the University Teaching Hospital (UTH) have received letters of termination of employment for participating in the recent illegal strike.

UTH senior superintendent Luckson Kasonka and Zambia Union of Nurses Organisation president Tommy Yungana confirmed this yesterday.

Last week, Health Minister Joseph Kasonde told Parliament that a total of 234 nurses that participated in the strike were dismissed from hospitals in the country.

Dr Kasonde said the exercise would continue until all those who took part in the work stoppage to press for better conditions of service were dismissed.

Dr Kasonka said in an interview yesterday that letters were this week served on more nurses but could not give the exact number of those affected.

“Yes we are still giving letters of termination to all nurses that participated in an illegal strike.

“I don’t have the exact number but about 115 have so far been served with letters of termination from the time the exercise started, while others are being employed to fill the vacancies,” Dr Kasonka said.

Mr Yungana said the union had not yet been updated on the total number of nurses sacked so far.

He, however, said he was aware that more dismissal letters were issued on Tuesday.

A check at the country’s biggest referral hospital yesterday showed that normal routine operations were being conducted by nurses and student nurses who were highly visible in most wards.

The situation was the same at Levy Mwanawasa General Hospital.

Meanwhile, 10 nurses have been fired at Arthur Davison Children’s Hospital (ADCH) in Ndola for participating in the illegal strike.

But the nurses have protested saying there was no strike at the hospital.

ADCH senior medical superintendent Sam Phiri confirmed in an interview that some nurses had been fired.

Health Workers Union of Zambia ADCH branch secretary Hamazwanga Sikaanda also said in an interview that 10 nurses had been fired.

According to the letters written on December 2, 2013, from the Public Service Commission, which the nurses only received on December 16 this year, the nurses had been sacked because they participated in an illegal strike from November 30 to December 1, 2013.