By Patricia Mbewe

The Resident Doctors Association of Zambia is concerned with delays in placement of new doctors on payroll by Ministry of Health.

Association President, Dr. Isaac Sakala has revealed that the doctors have gone for 5 months without salaries despite the ministry giving several assurances that the doctors will be put on payroll.

Dr. Sakala has explained that a follow up last week was again met with a request for more time with assurance that treasury authority would be granted within a few years.

In a statement issued to Phoenix News, Dr. Sakala has reminded the ministry of health that the current volatile and anxious climate among the unpaid but serving doctors is rapidly escalating and may soon be out of control.

He says to this effect, the association will visit the Ministry of Finance to inquire why it’s failing to execute the president’s directive to put the new doctors on payroll.

And Dr. Sakala has commended the affected doctors for remaining calm and committed to serving the needy and ensuring that patients are attended to even though their plight is neglected.

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