Doc­tors back on streets two weeks af­ter call­ing off strike, ac­cuse county of fail­ing to hon­our agree­ment

The Star (Kenya) - - Counties Nairobi -

Barely two weeks af­ter call­ing off their strike, Nairobi doc­tors are back on the streets, ac­cus­ing the county of reneg­ing on an agree­ment.

They re­sumed their strike on Satur­day af­ter sus­pend­ing it on Septem­ber 30, fol­low­ing an agree­ment with the county gov­ern­ment. The doc­tors had been on strike for three weeks be­fore the sus­pen­sion.

Kenya Med­i­cal Prac­ti­tion­ers, Phar­ma­cists and Den­tists Union branch sec­re­tary gen­eral Thu­ranira Kau­giria yes­ter­day said, “We agreed they would ad­dress all the is­sues we raised by Oc­to­ber 7, but that has not hap­pened.” He said of the five is­sues raised in Oc­to­ber last year, when they first is­sued the strike no­tice, only one has been ad­dressed – pay­ment of six months de­layed salary.

He said only 37 of the 60 doc­tors on pro­ba­tion for more than two years have been con­firmed. “We hear they have pro­moted de­serv­ing doc­tors. But this is hearsay. We have not seen any let­ters,” Kau­giria said. Health chief of­fi­cer Sam Ochola said the county has ad­dressed the is­sues raised.

/COLLINS KWEYU

Doc­tors protest out­side City Hall on Septe­mebr 21 de­mand­ing their six months salary

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