Clin­i­cal of­fi­cers to keep off work as ne­go­ti­a­tions fail

The Star (Kenya) - - Health Sector Crisis Day 4 -

Clin­i­cal of­fi­cers will be­gin their strike to­day de­spite calls by the Health min­istry to al­low room for talks. This comes af­ter failed ne­go­ti­a­tions be­tween union of­fi­cials and the Coun­cil of Gov­er­nors. Speak­ing in Nairobi, Union of Kenya Clin­i­cal Of­fi­cers chair­man Ge­orge Gi­bore said they did not reach a con­sen­sus on Mon­day. Of­fi­cials had raised con­cern over the CoG’s man­age­ment of health since de­vo­lu­tion. “The process of de­volv­ing health ser­vices is in­con­sis­tent with the Con­sti­tu­tion be­cause no health law has been estab­lished to over­see the whole process,” Gi­bore said Health CS Cleopa Mailu (pic­tured) asked clin­i­cal of­fi­cers to make room for di­a­logue to re­solve their griev­ances. Clin­i­cal of­fi­cers also raised con­cern over tribal con­sid­er­a­tions dur­ing de­ploy­ment. “We have seen health work­ers be­ing de­nied trans­fers or even a chance to work in a dif­fer­ent county and asked to seek re­de­ploy­ment to their coun­ties,” the of­fi­cials said. This comes af­ter clin­i­cal of­fi­cers in Nakuru faced threats of miss­ing their Novem­ber salary af­ter they skipped work last week. Union mem­bers said they could not pro­vide ser­vices to pa­tients as other health work­ers were also not at work. “We can­not go to work. The gates and of­fices are locked and con­sid­er­ing the few numbers of clin­i­cal of­fi­cers in the hos­pi­tals we can­not man­age to carry out op­er­a­tions,” one said. Clin­i­cal of­fi­cers also said they fear they may be at­tacked by other health work­ers if they work while other medics are on strike. Mean­while, Pres­i­dent Uhuru Keny­atta has pleaded with health work­ers to call off their strike, which en­ters its fourth day to­day.

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