Doctors really are returning to work, Govt insists

March 11, 2017 7:00 pm
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Health PS Nicholas Muraguri on Thursday told Capital FM News that over 50 per cent of doctors posted to Makueni, followed by Lamu and Moi Referral had returned to work following their 3 month strike/FILE

, NAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 11 – Over 500 doctors have gone back to work following President Uhuru Kenyatta’s warning that doctors should resume duty or face the sack.

This is according to the Ministry of Health which says Kiambu, Meru, Kakamega and Kisii are leading in the number of doctors who have resumed duty.

Health PS Nicholas Muraguri on Thursday told Capital FM News that over 50 per cent of doctors posted to Makueni, followed by Lamu and Moi Referral had returned to work, ending their 3 month strike after President Uhuru Kenyatta laid down the law.

The Kenya Medical Practitioners, Pharmacists and Dentists Union (KMPDU) however maintains that they remain on strike but have asked for ‘one final meeting’ to iron out a return to work formula.

But the Council of Governors has maintained the time for kid gloves was over.

The Kenyatta National Hospital (KNH) on Wednesday made the government’s sack threat real after it dismissed 14 doctors and put 48 others under disciplinary action following their participation in the ongoing strike.

President Kenyatta said doctors were blackmailing the government and can as well make a decision on whether to continue serving or quit.

Speaking while opening the 4th Annual Devolution Conference in Nakuru, President Kenyatta stated that the resolution of the dispute cannot come at the expense of fairness to other Kenyans.

The Head of State emphasised that the government shall not succumb to coercion.

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