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CS Nakhumicha Asks Interns To Report To Health Centres Pending Pay Resolution

Health CS Susan Nakhumicha has told posted medical interns to report to designated health centres as stakeholders seek to resolve the stalemate involving their monthly pay.

In a statement, the CS explained that the budget allocated to the Ministry of Health (Ksh.3.7 billion) in the 2024/25 budget will not be adequate to facilitate the posting of 3,760 interns which requires Ksh.4.8 billion.

She listed the three options on the table in the ongoing discussions with the Kenya Medical Practitioners Pharmacists Dentists Union (KMPDU).

They include; either posting all doctors at the recommended monthly rate of Ksh.70,000 proposed by the Salaries and Remuneration Commission (SRC) or using the funds allocated in the budget to post at least 552 interns on a monthly rate of Ksh.206,400 monthly as per the 2017 Collective Bargaining Rate (CBA).

The third option is to await the court’s direction whereby the advisory by SRC to propose a Ksh.70,000 monthly stipend for the interns was challenged in the Employment and Labour Relations Court. The ruling will be delivered on September 26, 2024.

Nakhumicha reassured the public that the ongoing discussions would ultimately solve the stalemate as all parties would come to a mutual decision.


By Matildah Obaigwa


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