Striking doctors end three-week strike

October 5, 2012 4:47 am

, NAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 4 – The Kenya Medical Practitioners, Pharmacists and Dentists Union (KMPDU) on Thursday called off its three-week strike after the government pledged to address all the grievances that had been raised by the medics.

After talks with the union officials, Medical Services Minister Anyang’ Nyong’o announced that he had revoked all disciplinary measures that the government had taken on the medics for taking part in the strike.

At a joint press conference with union officials at Afya House on Thursday evening, Nyong’o said the government would also release the salaries that had been withheld from the striking doctors.

The meeting agreed to set up a committee that would address the doctors’ grievances, which included demands for fastracking of a return-to-work formula that had been signed to end a similar strike late last year.

The doctors have been demanding that the government pays a minimum of Sh92,000 monthly allowance for registrars who work-in-training at the Kenyatta National Hospital.

KMPDU had also pushed for the reinstatement of one of the union’s founders, Onyinmbo Kerama who was “victimised for highlighting the plight of the members,” according to the doctors.

The three-week industrial action adversely affected services in public health institutions across the country.


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