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End doctors strike, Kidero tells national government

Nairobi Governor Evans Kidero on Wednesday faulted the government for failing to reach a deal with doctors to end their strike which has lasted over 50 days.

He said that the government, despite having a myriad of options to unlock the impasse, seems not bothered yet lives of millions of poor Kenyans are at risk.

“Why can’t the Treasury even present a supplementary budget in parliament? It is not that the government doesn’t have money,” Kidero said.

He told journalists at Friends Church in Dandora that MPs have been quick to increase their salaries after “every two months” yet they cannot pass a budget to pay the doctors.

The governor seems to have soften his stance on the nationwide strike that started on December 5, having initially threatened to sack striking doctors and hire new ones.

The medics are demanding the implementation of a collective bargaining agreement, which will see them get 300 per cent pay rise.

Two weeks ago, Nairobi county issued showcause letters to the doctors and gave them a week to respond to the same or be sacked.

None of the doctors have been sacked for taking part in the boycott that the Labour Court declared illegal.

“We even have a court order stopping them from taking part in any strike,” Kidero said, further appealing to mission hospitals to allow their staff to work in public hospitals.

He urged the management of Karura Seventh Day Adventist to allow their medics help patients in public hospitals.

The church has built a 121-bed capacity hospital worth Sh500 million.

“With the spirit of sharing resources, we need to partner with them for intellectual and material resources,” Kidero said.

He said the county will hire 20 pediatricians, and 30 gynecologist, surgeons and dentists to address the shortage.

Source: THE STAR

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