Zimbabwe’s largest private healthcare provider closes some departments – The Zimbabwe Mail

Zimbabwe’s largest private healthcare provider, Premier Services Medical Investments (PSMI), has closed some departments of two major hospitals in the country due to cash flow problems.

PSMI runs a chain of hospitals, clinics and laboratories with 126 service centers in 10 provinces across the country. The private healthcare provider recently announced the temporary closure of its emergency department at West End Hospital in Harare until further notice, and the closure of some departments at Claybank Clinic in Gweru, Midlands province.

Workers at the private health care provider went for months without being paid. Around 200 nurses, doctors and health support staff went on strike over low pay, poor working conditions and a lack of personal protective equipment. Most PSMI hospitals and pharmacies are also experiencing severe shortages of essential drugs.

PSMI said in a statement that the healthcare facility had experienced cash flow problems.

“The Board recognizes that the employees have gone without pay for three months and how the unfortunate circumstances continue to affect the well-being of the employees and their ability to report to work and perform their duties effectively.

“Challenges faced by PSMI for most of the year stem primarily from cash flow caps affecting major customer Premier Service Medical Aid Society (PSMAS),” the statement said.

Meanwhile, on Tuesday, the state-owned Herald newspaper reported that the Zimbabwean government had released a $1 million (R18 million) financial rescue package for PSMI to restock pharmacies.

PSMI thanked the government for the bailout, adding that “PSMI pharmacies, kidney clinics, optometry practices and clinical laboratories have since received some of the imported stock to deal with the ongoing out-of-stock issues that affected the delivery of services”.

Last month, four senior PSMI executives were arrested on allegations of corruption, including theft, fraud and counterfeiting involving millions of dollars.

It has been alleged that the group was arrested after several months of forensic investigations and audits which suggest the group has been defrauding PSMI funds since 2016. –

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