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Why Doctors Have Called Off Nationwide Strike


Jan 6, 2023
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Kenya’s health practitioners have suspended a nationwide strike that was set to start today, January 6, 2023.

Last month, the Kenya Medical Practitioners and Dentists Union (KMPDU) issued a strike notice, threatening to down tools over the government’s alleged failure to fulfill agreements in a Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) covering the 2017-2021 period.

On Thursday, however, KMPDU Secretary General Davji Atellah said they decided to call off the strike after a consultative meeting with the Ministry of Health (MoH) and the Council of Governors (CoG).

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KMPDU said MoH agreed to some of their demands such as posting medical interns to hospitals from next week. Atellah said MoH also agreed to pay post-graduate tuition fees for medics this January.

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“Today, we communicate the union’s decision to suspend the intended strike on condition that the engagement that we have had over the last two weeks is entered as a consent before a court of law and the government compelled to fulfill within the timelines as they have promised 60 days,” said Atella.

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Dr Atellah, who was speaking at the union’s offices in Nairobi, mentioned that they are still some way off from a full agreement.

“We are far from having an agreement, but we are willing to give dialogue a chance. We extended an olive branch to the government to enter into the engagement with goodwill,” he said.

Some of the grievances Kenyan medical want the State to address are non-remittance of statutory deductions, insurance premiums and comprehensive medical cover for doctors, adequate pharmaceutical and non-pharmaceutical supplies, creating of a centralised human resource management, allowances for medical practitioners in universities, car loans and house mortgages and employment of doctors on permanent and pensionable terms.

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