Doctors strike enter day 3, talks hit deadlock

Patients in Public hospitals are all in pain and agony as the Doctors strike enters day 3.

Their relatives watch helplessly as their sick relatives writhe in pain on the hospital bed.

Patients in hospitals stay unattended with only those are financially stable transferring their relatives to private hospitals.

Talks fail to mature

The talks to resolve the crisis at public hospitals hit a deadlock at Afya House on Tuesday.

The Health ministry wants doctors to accept a return-to-work formula. while the medics are sticking to their 2013 collective bargaining agreement.

On the other hand, the medics are sticking to their 2013 collective bargaining agreement.

With failed solutions, 5,000 clinical officers on Tuesday joined doctors and nurses in the nationwide job boycott.

“There are over 20 cadres in the health sector, and the ministry is selective in its discussions. We see favouritism towards doctors’ needs yet they are discussing issues that affect us as well,” Union secretary-general George Gibore said.

The government, through its spokesman Eric Kiraithe, Tuesday said the “fundamental issues” raised by the two trade unions for nurses and doctors are valid and have spanned “several administrations and constitutional dispensations”.

“The strike is causing incalculable pain and grief across the country,” said Mr Kiraithe.
At the same time, the Kenya Cancer Association urged the government to hastily engage in dialogue with the doctors.

Talks ‘progressing well’

Earlier, doctors had walked out of Afya House in what they claimed was the government’s lack of commitment to fulfill the Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) they signed in 2013.

“I regret the situation we are finding ourselves in,” Dr Mailu said insisting the talks with the doctors, Council of Governors and his ministry were “progressing well.”“The situation is grave, we have put measures in place to alleviate the pain of Kenyans,” he added.

“The situation is grave, we have put measures in place to alleviate the pain of Kenyans,” he added.

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