Opposition Movement for Multi Party Democracy president Nevers Mumba has visited the crisis hit University Teaching Hospital to assess the extent of the damage caused by the over 200 dismissed nurses.
And government has asked the fired nurses to re-apply for their positions if they are to be considered for re-admission.
Mumba, who visited the UTH pleaded with President Michael Sata, to rescind his decision to fire the nurses and consider the impact it has on the patients.
“I want them to hear the cry of the patients and not play the power of politics game. We demand that the President reverses his decision to fire the nurses,” Mumba said.
Let President Sata visit UTH and see for himself the impact of the sacking on the patients. They should reinstate them and address their grievances instead.”
And the Zambia Congress of Trade Unions has called for a general amnesty on the sacked nurses.
Government has issued dismissal letters to nurses at UTH and the Livingstone General Hospital with more nurses expected to receive dismissal letters as government pulls down its weight on the nurses who were demanding better wages.
Health Minister Joseph Kasonde has said the fired nurses will have to re-apply for consideration for re-admission and will be expected to state their reasons for wanting to be back.