Permanent secretary in the Ministry of Health and Child Care Dr Jasper Chimedza says the Ministry currently does not have posts for junior resident medical officers given that there is a stream yet to complete its studies.
The clarification by Dr Chimedza follows the leaking of an internal memorandum from the Health Services Board appraising the Permanent Secretary that there were no posts for JRMOs in the Ministry, but Ministry of Defence was willing to absorb 230 JRMOs. Thus the Ministry of Health will not be employing JRMOs this year.
The Permanent Secretary explained this during a tour of United Bulawayo Hospitals recently that as a Ministry they had to secure posts for the newly qualified JRMOs from Ministry of Defence.
“So we had to look for posts elsewhere for JRMOs because right now the JRMOs posts in the Ministry are filled because no one has moved, so that’s why we had to negotiate with the Ministry of Defence to say can we in the meantime get those posts so that we can accommodate the newly qualified JRMOs,” said Dr Chimedza.
He also stated that the Ministry of Finance and Economic Development has given a green light to that arrangement so that the JRMOs do not get rusted at home waiting for vacant posts in the Ministry of Health.
“We are happy that Finance (Ministry of) finally agreed to this arrangement so that we can recruit those interns through the Ministry of Defence,” the Permanent Secretary.
The recruitment through the Ministry of Defence is not compulsory as each person decides for himself or herself to take the offer or not.
“However, it’s not a compulsory scheme, those who want to wait can wait, but those ones who are interested in being recruited through the Ministry of Defence that’s the facility that we have availed and I think most of the JRMOs welcomed that arrangement,” said Dr Chimedza.