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Looming crisis as doctors announce nationwide strike

Doctors warn over nationwide strike over poor working condition, a move likely to paralyze health service delivery.

The Kenya Medical Practitioners Pharmacists Dentists Union (KMPDU) has issued a warning informing Kenyans and health industry stakeholders of a looming nationwide strike over poor working conditions.

KMPDU Secretary General Davji Atellah issued a warning in a statement, claiming that due to what the medical professionals called “leadership and governance failures,” medical professionals from all the counties will join their Vihiga colleagues who have already downed their tools for more than 10 days.

According to Atellah, the government’s disregard for labor agreements and inability to deal with structural issues in the health sector are what  precipitated the natioanal strike.

Following a meeting with doctors in Vihiga, union leaders describing the devolved unit’s working conditions as alarming.

Following the meeting, the leaders called on County Governments to do more to improve working conditions for medics. 

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”Vihiga County faces an alarming shortage of doctors, compounded by the blatant refusal to recognize Medical Specialists, resulting in mass resignations. Furthermore, doctors have been denied promotions in contravention of the CBA 2017 and Schemes of Service,” Atellah remarked in his statement.

”We stand united in the pursuit of a fair and just healthcare system. The voice of Vihiga Doctors will not be silenced until these systemic issues are addressed.”

Atellah stated that various notices had been issued by doctors working in different counties expressing the intention to join their colleagues in Vihiga in staging a strike.

Most of the doctors’ complaints include; poor health systems, shortage of doctors, derisory employment terms, delays in promotions, categorisation in wrong job groups, and substandard health facilities.

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