Doctors heed government call to resume work

NAIROBI, Kenya, 10th March 2017 – Striking doctors have heeded the government’s call to resume work after the government stopped further negotiation with their union. A spot check of major county public health facilities reveals that doctors have started streaming back to hospitals across the country to resume duty.

Makueni County is leading with 50 percent of doctors reporting back to work followed by Nyandarua, Kiambu, Machakos and Taita Taveta Counties. Those at Kenyatta National Hospital, Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital and Mathari have also reported back on duty. Amidst the strike health services in Bomet, Lamu, Wajir, Mandera, Samburu and Turkana Counties remained uninterrupted.

The move comes after the government announced on Thursday that it has stopped further negotiations with the Kenya Medical Practitioners and Dentists Union unless doctors resumed work. The Government also announced that doctors, pharmacists and dentists who have been on duty since the strike started will get a pay rise, including the striking doctors who will resume duty with immediate effect.

The new salary to be effected from January 1, 2017 will see the lowest doctor receive a pay rise of KSh196,244 to KSh206,214 and highest  KSh442,060 to KSh592,980 respectively. The government also announced that all the medics found absconding duty will face disciplinary action. On Wednesday, the Kenyatta National Hospital announced that it had sent 12 doctors home while 48 others faced disciplinary action.