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Doctors in rush to get deal signed as Appeals court runs out of patience

The Appellate court told the parties that it would send the matter back to the Employment and Labour Relations Court should they fail to seal a deal by Tuesday 10am/CFM

NAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 14 – Striking doctors, the national and county governments have until 10am Tuesday morning to come to a resolution on be sent back to the Employment and Labour Relations Court by a Court of Appeal at the end of its tether with the parties.

The Appellate court had made special provisions to hear from the parties on Monday with the hope for a deal but were left sourly disappointment given the governments’ position that they will no longer negotiate with the doctors until and unless they return to work.

The Court of Appeal has on several occasions pointed out that they it has only agreed to keep mentioning the matter in the public’s interest but will not continue to make such accommodation going forward if a deal is not struck by Tuesday morning.

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The bench on Monday called on both parties especially the Ministry of Health to stop their grand standing and resolve the matter since Kenyans were suffering.

“We are concerned that no agreement has been fully reached although a number of issues have been resolved; we are however concerned and disappointed at the slow pace with which the matter is proceeding,” the judges ruled.

“We appeal to all parties including the Ministry of Health to be guided by the best interest of Kenyans and put aside their differences, their egos and also give religious leaders a chance to help bring a compromise and a resolution of this matter.”

KMPDU officials follow proceedings in court on Monday/CFM

And speaking to Capital FM News on Tuesday morning, the Kenya Medical Practitioners, Pharmacists and Dentists Union (KMPDU) Nairobi Branch Secretary General Tharunira Kiugiria was optimistic that a return to work deal will be signed and registered before the 10am deadline.

On Monday, the Council of Governors through their legal representative Eunice Lumallas adopted a much more reconciliatory tone after a proposed return to work formula document was filed in the court.

She however called for more time since they had not been involved in the drafting.

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The National Government was however categorical that no more talks would be held, leave alone adopting of the return to work formula, until the strike is called off.


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