MPs says doctors must be humane



Warren Park legislator Elias Mudzuri has called on doctors to be humane and give people medical attention first instead of demanding money before they treat people.

Mudzuri said medical treatment in Zimbabwe was too expensive for anyone to demand cash especially today when the country had no cash.

“Honestly, to go and see a specialist who is charging anything between $80 and $120, I tell you that it is refusing the common man medical attention. Today there is no cash and someone is pronouncing that when you come to my office, come with cash. Is that not condemning people to death?” he asked during his debate on the move by doctors to demand cash upfront from 1 July.

“Are these people thinking about the common man?  Are these people thinking about the ordinary person?  I do not know whether there is a way of making sure that while you are qualified, still have your professional certificate and still need to be paid, you still have the ethical behaviour which is expected of any medical practitioner to attend to any patient whom you meet.  If I fall down here, Dr. Labode has to pay attention to me and not demand to be paid first,” he said referring to fellow legislator Ruth Labode, who is a medical doctor.

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