November 16, 2018

Doctors stalemate finally resolved

Doctors and governors have finally signed a Collective Bargaining Agreement that ended the medics’ 100-day strike.

The deal will see the lowest-paid doctor (intern) earn Sh212,989 and the highest-paid about Sh814,000.

Speaking during the signing ceremony on Thursday (6/07/17), Kenya Medical Practitioners, Pharmacists and Dentists Union (KMPPDU) Secretary General Ouma Oluga said that the union is ready to partner with stakeholders with the aim to improve service delivery.

“We all want a better health sector and a better health sector is one that responds to us. So as I represent the doctors the ultimate objective is that when my mother goes to a hospital her pain and suffering is alleviated; that is what every single Kenyan wants.”

“Health is one of those issues that do not have political sides because we all want our suffering loved ones to get the best care,” he noted.

Council of Governors (CoG) Chairman Josephat Nanok joined KMPPDU Chairman Samuel Oroko in calling for dialogue to resolve issues affecting the sector, adding that the signing of the deal should initiate constructive engagement to better the provision of healthcare in the country.

“During this meeting we discussed and mutually agreed on a collaborative framework between the Union, CoG and the County Governments and this will champion the improvement in the health sector moving forward. We recognised the renewed focus on the realisation of healthcare reforms in Kenya, hence our good relationship and collaboration in the implementation of the Health Act,” stated the CoG Chairman.

Mr Oroko called on nurses to also embrace dialogue as an avenue to resolve issues affecting the sector.

“We understand that our sister union, Kenya National Union of Nurses (KNUN), are on strike. I was joking the other day that, my team is of age to be given a certificate of mediators. I must say that through the mediation process my team has learnt a lot and this is free services, the county government can borrow to mediate an ending to the crisis they are now facing; and we are ready to offer the services,” indicated Oroko.

Mr Nanok echoed Oroko’s sentiments and urged the nurses to resume talks as they await for the Salaries and Remuneration Commission (SRC) to approve a draft proposal of Sh40.3 billion.

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