Striking doctors want DMS to quit

September 28, 2012 3:45 pm
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KMPDU Secretary General Onyino Were explained that several senior officials from the Ministry of Medical Services are preventing dialogue with the Union/FILE
NAIROBI, Kenya, Sep 28 – The Kenya Medical Practitioners, Pharmacists and Dentists Union (KMPDU) has demanded that Director of Medical Services Francis Kimani resigns before the doctors resume strike negotiations with the government.

KMPDU Secretary General Onyino Were explained that several senior officials from the Ministry of Medical Services are preventing dialogue with the Union and prolonging the strike for their own personal reasons.

“These senior officials in the Ministry who are preventing dialogue with the union and ending this particular industrial action, must go home if they are not able to do their jobs,” he said.

Onyino noted that despite the Minister’s willingness to negotiate, his office is actually preventing the union from negotiating with the Government to end the strike.

He revealed that the Union had a meeting with the Medical Services Minister Anyang’ Nyong’o on Thursday morning where they looked at the issues that led to the strike and agreed on solutions, with the plan of having a follow up meeting today.

The meeting however came hours after Nyong’o advertised the jobs of 2,000 doctors and clinical officers in the local dailies.

“The Minister was willing to talk to us to end this particular stalemate and there are officials in the Ministry of Medical Services who are having their own personal interests, and not putting the interest of the public first,” Onyino explained.

“It’s our new demand that this particular officer and basically the Office of the Director of Medical Services, must go or we may not see a solution to this problem,” he emphasised.

Onyino said they got a text message from the Ministry on Friday afternoon telling them that discussions would resume on Monday, but he emphasised that the union was prepared to strike until next year when the new government takes office if the current government doesn’t meet their demands.

“It’s crystal clear that this particular government is not concerned and does not value human life or the suffering of the common mwananchi in this country. They don’t want their suffering to end,” he added.

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