A majority of junior doctors have rejected military conscription and will now be deployed to public hospitals.
In September last year Vice-President and Health minister Constantino Chiwenga ordered that junior doctors be conscripted into the army for residency or housemanship.
According to NewsDay, about 100 out of the 180 junior doctors have rejected undergoing military housemanship.
This has forced the government to climb down on its earlier position and allowed them to serve in public hospitals.
A letter by Health ministry secretary James Chimedza to the Health Service Board executive director Ruth Kaseke dated 6 April read in part:
It is noted that there are about 100 medical graduates who are yet to undergo the required housemanship programme.
The Hon Vice-President and Minister of Health and Child Care has approved that these students be deployed to various qualifying hospitals to begin the housemanship.
We are, therefore, rolling out the recruitment process immediately utilising the available Treasury concurrence issued out last year.
The acting chief director curative services will draw up the deployment list which we shall share with you.
When he was appointed Health minister last year, Chiwenga stepped up efforts to militarise the health profession and stop junior doctors from striking.
Junior doctors are supposed to go for a two-year practice in public hospitals as part of their training.