Government recalls sponsored registrars as striking doctors face disciplinary action

NAIROBI, Kenya, 9 March 2017 – The Ministry of Health has directed all government sponsored registrars and medical interns who are on strike to report back to their respective duty stations with immediate effect.

The registrars who are currently undertaking studies at the University of Nairobi and Moi University have been ordered to report back to their stations to restore normalcy in the health sector owing to the doctors strike.

All medical interns currently on internship have also been instructed to immediately report back to their respective internship centers to complete their internship and further their registration at the Medical Board. Those who fail to report will be deemed to have forfeited their position.

The government also announced that the doctors, pharmacists and dentists who have been working despite the strike will get a pay rise that will be backdated to January 1, 2017. Those who have been on strike and have responded to the government appeal to resume duty will also get the pay rise. The lowest paid doctor will now earn between KSh196,244 and KSh206,214 respectively and the highest KSh442,060 and KSh592,980.

However, those who will continue absconding duty will face disciplinary action and will be evicted from the National and County governments housing premises. The government has already released disciplinary guidelines to take action against doctors who will continue absconding duty. On Wednesday, Kenyatta National Hospital announced that it had sent 12 doctors home while 48 others faced disciplinary action.

The Government is also fast tracking issuance of medical licenses and work permits for County government’s that wish to hire foreign doctors and medical specialists.