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Health Workers’ Strike Still On As Talks Bear No Fruit

Doctors and Clinical Officers continue with their strike as a Thursday evening meeting between the government and the Kenya Medical Pharmacists and Dentists Union (KMPDU) and other unions failed to bear fruit.

Led by the Whole of Nation Approach Committee, the meeting was summoned by Head of Public Service Felix Koskei following a Wednesday court of order.

After almost five hours in a closed-door meeting, the two parties said there was no agreement arrived at yet, but expressed hope of progress in another meeting scheduled for Friday.

KMPDU will be meeting the Ministry of Health in the morning to discuss issues touching on the national government, at midday they will have a sit down with the Council of Governors before reconvening with the Whole of Nation Approach Committee.

The court directed the government and KMPDU to convene a meeting and come up with a return-to-work formula by Friday even as they continue with negotiations for 30 more days.

The Court of Employment and Labour Relations on Wednesday extended orders suspending the protracted doctors’ strike in a bid to pave way for further negotiations.

Justice Byram Ongaya, in a ruling on Wednesday, directed all the 47 county governments and other stakeholders including the Salaries and Remuneration Commission (SRC) to negotiate with good faith putting in mind the interests of Kenyans.

Th Justice also ruled that there should be doctors in all the level 3, 4 and 5 hospitals, among them Mathare Hospital, Kenyatta University Teaching, Referral and Research Hospital (KUTRRH) and Kenyatta National Hospital (KNH) to handle emergency cases.

By Matildah Obaigwa

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