Doctors Rejects Government offer since it doesn’t tackle issues raised in the signed CBA 2013, Doctors Strike in Kenya Continues.
By Dr Ali Omar
Doctors rejected the Government offer since it is out of context of the signed CBA 2013 hence Doctors strike in Kenya continues for the 2nd month. The Government side seems not to take note that Doctors in Kenya are on strike because of full implementation of the CBA signed in 2013. I have not seen the CBA being mentioned in any of the offers and statements. Doctors are not asking for salary increment but full implementation of the signed CBA which will eventually benefit all Kenyans.
Here is why the offer was rejected today 6th January 2017 as the Doctors strike continues to bite.
- The governments offer has not addressed the shortage of doctors in hospitals. The CBA makes sure that more doctors are trained and are all absorbed in public service.
- The governments offer has not addressed funding for research. Research funding will make sure that clinical trials can be done in our institutions to improve our clinical management and outcomes.
- The governments offer does not address matters of equipping hospitals well with drugs and equipment. The CBA makes sure both national and county governments allocate more money to have our hospitals have well stocked pharmacies and state of the art equipments for doctors to use.
- The governments offer does not address the problem of brain drain to other countries. Doctors are not only poorly paid but also face tribalism and nepotism in the counties. Our CBA makes sure that the national and county governments pay doctors well as per figures that we reached by consensus between kmpdu and government. This will ensure that we have a motivated workforce to offer the best service.
- The governments offer does not address the problems of promotions and transfers. The CBA streamlines how doctors will be promoted and puts policies on transfers.
- The governments offer does not address how doctors should face disciplinary matters. CBA sets out policies of how doctors will face disciplinary actions when they deviate outside the code of conducts set out by KMPDB.
What was the governments offer?
- The offer the government proposed was outside the CBA. It encompasses increases in allowances and not basic pay. Allowances that can be removed any time and are not enjoyed by all doctors. The governments offer did not address all the issues stipulated above
What do doctors want?
- They want the CBA implemented as it addresses all the issues stipulated above. The CBA is aimed at improving health care delivery for all Kenyans.
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