The Star (Nairobi)

4 October 2012

Kenya: Doctors Threaten to Stop Emergency Work

The three - week - old strike by doctors in the country's public hospitals has finally been called off, with the medics now expected to resume their ... ( Resource: Kenyan Doctors Call Off National Strike

The Kenya Medical Practitioners, Pharmacists and Dentists Union has threatened to withdraw the doctors it had allowed to deal with emergency cases at the Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital.

KMPDU Eldoret's secretary Mogeni Mogaka yesterday said none of their members will offer their services because the government has refused to yield to demands by striking doctors.

"If the government is not willing to listen to us, then we will completely paralyse health services so that those in charge can come out to address this critical situation," said Mogaka.

He said the doctors are considering pulling out their services at private hospitals as a way to push the government into reaching a return to work formula with them. Mogaka said the government has assumed services are running normally at all hospitals when patients are losing their lives because of the strike which has lasted for almost a month now.

He accused Medical Services minister Anyang Nyongo for rubbishing their demands. "We know they don't care because they can afford to fly out of the country for medical attention," said Mogaka. Talks between the government and the medics have failed to yield results as the strike continues to cause suffering to patients.

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