Striking nurses who reside in hospital’s flats at Parirenyatwa Group of Hospitals have been given three months’ notice to vacate the flats.
In letters addressed to the affected nurses, Parirenyatwa Group of Hospitals Chief Executive Officer E. T Manyawu said the nurses have not been attending to emergencies when called upon in line with the lease agreements, therefore, they should vacate the flats by 30 September. Manyawu wrote:
This letter serves to notify you of the termination of your lease with effect from the end of day 30 September 2020. You are hereby given notice which will commence 1st July 2020.
You are aware that your stay in hospital accommodation was on the understanding that you avail yourself in times of emergencies that may be occasioned by disasters, stay-aways, industrial action and any other such disturbances.
The hospital has experienced numerous emergencies and industrial action in the last 12 months. Despite the calls for emergency cover in those situations you have not been forthcoming in spite of the fact that you are resident in hospital accommodation.
On its part, the hospital has ensured that you pay rentals of less than ZWL 100.00 per month which translate to US$1.75 (at 1:57 rate) on accommodation with no transport fares, free water and uninterrupted electricity both for your convenience and to enable you to attend to duty at short notice during emergencies.
The hospital will be entering into new lease agreements with those nurses who, due to the convenience and proximity of hospital accommodation are agreeable to assisting patients during times of emergencies.
You are therefore expected to prepare to vacate the aforementioned flat/room on or before the 30th September 2020, failure of which you will be evicted without any further notice.