17 December 2013

Kenya: Nairobi to Replace Striking Doctors

Nairobi — NAIROBI County Governor, Dr Evans Kidero , has suggested the recruitment of new staff to replace the medical practitioners that have embarked on industrial action.

The new recruits would be expected to start, Kenya working immediately.

This comes after outcry by the Nairobi city residents who are unable to access medical services as hospitals remain shut.

Dr.Kidero announced this together with other governors who had convened in the city for counties medical services crisis management.

Kidero asked his county service board to recruit 60 doctors, 436 nurses and 20 lab technicians to replace the striking nurses and doctors.

“Medical practitioners have infringed their service charter by going on strike without giving room for talks and negotiations aimed at settling the matter,” he said.

The county governments across the country had expressed their dissatisfaction at how the medics had handled the matter through their health workers union.

Several people in Nairobi and across other parts of the country had reportedly succumbed to death due to lack of medical attention.

The Nairobi governor, together with other county governors, had requested that the nurses and doctors start the strike after December 24 if their demands would not have been met.

The medics are opposing the move to devolve their functions and remuneration to county governments instead of the central government.

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