A micro-analysis of motivation of doctors at Parirenyatwa Referral Hospital in Zimbabwe


  • Sharon Hofisi University of Zimbabwe
  • Obey Chingoiro University of Zimbabwe


Motivation, Job Satisfaction, Health Professionals, Parirenyatwa Refferal Hospital


This article analyses the importance of motivating doctors at Parirenyatwa Group of Hospital (PGOH). Lack of motivation causes doctors to maintain a low threshold of quality to their medical work; struggle to maintain worklife balance and commitment to quality medical care; struggle to focus on high-end medical services; or concentrate on building positive mindset for career goals. Motivation of doctors helps in ensuring that collaborative team environments are embossed in size and purpose, thus making a substantial contribution to the professional success, prestige, network, cooperation and interaction of doctors. The article brings to the fore how the Ministry of Health and Child Care (MoHCC) can play a huge role in motivating junior and senior doctors. It uses the case study of Parirenyatwa Group of Hospitals to streamline the research. Documentary search and conversational interview with
an official at the Health Services Board were used to get an institutional glimpse of the concerns of the doctors from the perspective of the Health Services Board. The targeted doctors who had promised to give their views did not respond to the questions after they had initially indicated that they would do so after their medical theatre routines. Be that as it may, the tenor of empiricism was maintained in this study since the researchers could analyse the administrative positions from selected key informants; o cials from the Health Services Board, as well as representatives of doctors on the group needs and individual concerns of the doctors. In the wake of rigorous social media communication in Zimbabwe, the information processing in research work needs to move away from individual concerns made through in-depth interviews to analysis of o cial or group communication from the affected groups. is leads to focus on the quality of grievances than their quantity and avoidance of overreliance on silos within institutions. Effectively, there is representative-based analysis, consideration of common challenges, and egalitarian work group concerns. The study focuses on PGOH because it is the biggest referral hospital in Zimbabwe. The article draws from disparate literature on motivation and principles of good governance that are espoused in the Constitution of Zimbabwe, 2013. The major conclusion in the study is that the practical motivation of doctors is ignored and this has led to frequent industrial actions, poor performance, patient neglect and low retention of senior doctors at Parirenyatwa.