PUMWANI Maternity Hospital was yesterday shut down after its workers joined their striking colleagues. The management advised its clients to seek services at Mama Lucy, Kenyatta and Mbagathi hospitals as it solves the dispute.
The hospital's Superintendent, Lazarus Omondi is expected to meet the workers today to craft a return-to-work formula. Omondi said if a deal is struck, work will resume tomorrow. He said employees who will not report back as agreed risk disciplinary action including possible dismissal.
Omondi said the hospital board resolved to summon workers today for a meeting aimed at addressing their grievances. He said the hospital cannot operate after staff members downed their tools to join their colleagues who have defied a court order which nullified the strike. Sources at the hospital told the Star that the workers had earlier served their employer with a strike notice.
A government doctor seconded to the maternity facility expressed concerns over the standoff between the workers and the hospital's management. "Maybe someone now will do something as it is in the public domain that services are not being rendered," the source who requested anonymity said. The hospital is run by the Nairobi County Council.
Council workers have been on a week long strike over a salary dispute. The hospital is sponsored by the Health ministry.