The Acting Minister of Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare Dr Lazarus Dokora has maintained that healthcare workers will be getting their December salaries on the 5th of January as announced.
In a telephone interview with ZBC News, Dr Dokora refuted claims on social media that the pay date for healthcare workers has been pushed further to the 12th of January.
He says as far as he is concerned, the 5th of January remains the official pay date and there have been no official changes to that arrangement.
Information gathered shows that nurses and doctors at the two main referral hospitals in Harare, namely Parirenyatwa and Harare Central and staff from Chitungwiza Central Hospital reported for duty this Saturday.
However, some people who had accompanied sick relatives to some of the hospitals claim that service is slow in some departments.
Following the moving forward of the last batch of civil servants’’ pay date, the Permanent Secretary in the Health and Child Care Ministry Dr Gerald Gwinji directed health institutions to make appropriate plans for nurses and doctors to be on duty.