Patients left on their own as health workers boycott work

Doctors have officially launched their strike at the Public Service Club in Nairobi. PHOTO | EUNICE KILONZO | NATION MEDIA GROUP.

What you need to know:

  • The medics are pushing for a review of job groups, promotions, deployment and transfer of medical officers, as well as remuneration, according to the inked CBA.
  • In particular, the document addresses understaffing, with the ministry asked to employ at least 1,200 doctors yearly over the next four years to reduce the doctor-patient ratio. There is one doctor for at least 16,000 Kenyans.
  • The strike by the nearly 5,000 doctors, clinicians, nurses, pharmacists, dentists and other health professionals is likely to affect service delivery at over 2,700 public health facilities — including Kenyatta National Hospital and Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital in Eldoret, where most Kenyans seek emergency medical care.

Health workers have made good on their threat to boycott work to push the government to implement a collective bargaining agreement (CBA) they signed in June 2013.

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