“This is very unfair especially to us who are entering the second year without employment despite that we passed the nursing exams. Life is so hard if you are unemployed and we feel it is unfair that we continue to wait without any knowledge on what will become of us,” said Rudaviro Mazivisa who trained at the Gweru school of nursing.
Some nurses who spoke to Radio VOP here said they were concerned at the uncertainty of their careers as government was issuing conflicting statements on their employment conditions.
The nurses said the Health Minister Henry Madzorera had told parliament that nurses would be bonded for three years at government hospitals, a period equal to the number of years their training takes but Fiance Minister had said there should not be any new recruitment in the civil service.
The nurses appealed to government to uplift the bonding requirements if they are not able to absorb them in the public service.
Abel Charumbira who completed his Nursing Diploma last year urged the government to urgently and expeditiously deal with their issue. “If government cannot absorb us into the public service they should just give us our Diploma’s and we look for employment in the private sector…rather than insist on the bonding.”
A government source said over 5 000 nurses are under the government bond and need to be absorbed as most of the training institutions have two intakes a year.