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Healthcare is state’s job, says agency

It is the government’s duty to provide proper healthcare, the National Gender and Equality Commission has said.

In a statement yesterday, chairperson Winfred Lichuma said it is the government’s responsibility not to compromise the quality of healthcare by addressing the legitimate concerns raised by the medical professionals.

“While we remind doctors of their social contract, the Hippocratic Oath and the ethical concerns that the strike raises touching on their professional conduct, we are aware that they too have their right to fair pay and better working conditions,” she said.

On Wednesday the Court of Appeal released union officials who had been jailed on Monday for civil disobedience over the strike.

Labour Relations court judge Hellen Wasilwa said on Monday that she could not delay further the contempt of court sentence that had been suspended earlier on condition the doctors cancel their strike.

At least 5,000 doctors have been on strike since December 5, demanding better pay and working conditions. The strike enters day 75 today.

Lichuma said the greatest responsibility in unlocking this stalemate lies squarely with the government at both levels. She said it is the government’s mandate to ensure adequate resources, both human and financial, to ensure proper functioning and delivery of health services.

Source: Star

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