Doctors in Kisumu County on Friday downed their tools and faulted the County government for delaying to enforce a June 24 agreement on promotions.
Kenya Medical Practitioners and Dentists Union (KMPDU) Nyanza region Chairman Kevin Osuri termed the strike regrettable but unavoidable saying all attempts to resolve the problem amicably had collapsed.
Osuri blamed the county leadership for failing to act on the promotions that were supposed to be effected by September 1 as stipulated in the agreement even after the doctors sought intervention at the Courts of Labour following a series of failed dialogues.
The doctors were infuriated that the county leadership was not even aware of the contents of the agreement that its officers appended to.
“We have refused to be taken round in those circles, we say no, and for that reason we are proceeding on a paralysing strike effective today,” declared Osuri during a press conference at the Jaramogi Oginga Odinga Teaching and Referral Hospital (JOOTRH).
They vowed to stay away from the health facilities until all their 250 plus members are handed over their rightful promotion letters that should be backdated from the effective date, only then will they resume duty.
KMPDU Secretary General for Nyanza region, Lameck Omweri pointed out that it was only in Kisumu that doctors have not been promoted since governor Prof. Anyang’ Nyong’o took office.
The practitioners further accused the county leadership of taking health matters lightly and called on Governor Nyong’o to address the matter urgently if the implementation of the Universal Health Care (UHC) piloting in the county were to succeed. – KNA