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Kenya's public doctors to end 100-day strike that saw deaths

Kenya's public doctors to end 100-day strike that saw deaths

The Inter Religious Council and a number of Civil Society Organisations have lauded the signing of a return- to-work formula between doctors and the government ending the 100-day strike that paralysed operations in public hospitals.

Kenya Medical Practitioners and Dentist Union (KMPDU) Chairman Samuel Oroko (right) with the Secretary General Ouma Oluga when they signed the return-to work formula ' agreement.

The CBA provides that KMPDU officials will have authority to access information held by the Health ministry, right to meet doctors at their place of work and that the officials be granted leave upon request.

Both parties, the Health ministry and governors on one end and the unionists on the other, were unanimous that such industrial action should never occur again, with Mr Munya terming the situation as painful, especially for many Kenyans, whose only hope for medical care was in government facilities.

"The strike is over but we need to restore industrial harmony", he added.

Mailu said it was saddening that the strike took long, at the expense of suffering Kenyans.

"I want to announce here that the doctors union has finally put to an end the strike", he declared at a joint news conference with government officials and religious leaders who brokered the deal.

"We can not fathom the pain Kenyans experienced during the strike, but we hope that such a situation will never happen again in the history of the country".

He urged doctors to now serve the nation to the best of their ability and called on all Kenyans to embrace a renewed sense of national unity.

"It's a win-win for everybody", Oluga said.

"We now call upon all the parties to move with speed to expedite the provisions of the Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) and the Return To Work Formula (RTWF) and ensure that factors that led to the strike are addressed to avoid a recurrence in the future".

Public hospitals last week began the process of sacking doctors and evicting them from the premises as the strike crippled public health services.

The health workers who had ditched stethoscopes for placards, agreed to return to work and will in return get new allowances backdated to January 1, 2017.

Kenya's public doctors, who train for six years at universities, earn a basic salary of $400-$850 a month.

The deal reached states that the allowances will be paid to all practicing doctors, pharmacists and dentists.

"We recognise the attention this industrial strike has required of our leaders in the National and County Governments".

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