THE doctors are set to call off their three week long strike and resume normal operations today after the government heeded to their demands yesterday.
The two sides struck a deal late in the evening after a long day meeting, which resolved to implement the contentious return-to-work formula that has been top on the doctors' demands.
"We have a tentative deal, and are waiting for a NEC meeting tomorrow [today] at 10am to approve the deal," the Kenya Medical Practitioners, Pharmacists and Dentists Union secretary general, Were Onyino said.
"The RTWF, including the formation of health service commission and the implementation of the Musyimi task force report will be implemented fully in spirit and letter of agreement," Onyino said.
Onyino was speaking on phone after the meeting that lasted for over three hours, and which is believed to have been chaired by Medical Services assistant minister, Kambi Kazungu, and attended by the director of Medical Services, Francis Kimani and other senior ministry officials.
He further said that the payment of registrars from Kenyatta National Hospital and Moi Referral and Teaching Hospital will be addressed by government and the hospitals' management.
The resolutions are a major boost to the public that largely relies on government healthcare services. The standoff had paralysed most of the facilities countrywide and led to human suffering.
Onyino welcomed the government agreement to dialogue, saying there was mutual willingness from the two sides to end the stalemate and resume operations countrywide.
The doctors had last week threatened to appeal to other health workers to team up with them and down tools if the government continued to snub their plea for dialogue, a move that would have paralysed the entire health sector.
However, the government heeded to their demands and accepted to dialogue after Medical Services minister Anyang' Nyong'o held an informal meeting with KMPDU officials early last week.