21 August 2014

Kenya: Kisumu Health Interns Strike Over Pay Delay

INTERN doctors in Kisumu have gone on strike over six months salary arrears.

The Kenya National Union of Nurses Kisumu branch secretary Maurice Odhiambo yesterday said the payment crisis is a national problem.

"This problem is not only affecting Kisumu," Odhiambo said.

He said medical officers in Kisumu are on a go-slow, putting patients' lives in danger.

"It is high time the national government and all county governments should resolve the impasse in the health department," Odhiambo said.

He said on August 29 all medical practitioners unions' bosses will meet in Nairobi to discuss problems affecting the health department.

"We will discuss reverting of the health sector to the national government," he said.

He said county governments cannot handle the health docket.

Odhiambo said blame games between the counties and the national government on late payment of medics will only stop if the health services are reverted to the state.

Doctor James Obondi said the striking intern doctors are paid by the national government.

"The national government has not paid them since they were posted," said Obondi.

The state must address go-slows and strikes among health practitioners, he said.

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