Jan, 11th 2021 – Private facility doctors in Mombasa are set to start their strike today if the county does not nullify it’s decision to sack 86 of their colleagues from the public hospitals.
Kenya Medical Association (KMA) and union officials have said that there will be paralysis in services at the Private hospitals if no agreement will be reached by today.
Ibrahim Matende, KMA Mombasa Division Chairman said that leaders tasked to resolve the health crisis will not continue to enjoy private services. Matende said, “It is unfair to subject the poor to suffering in government hospitals while their leaders are enjoying medical services in private facilities.”
Kenya Medical Practitioners Pharmacists and Dentists Union Secretary General Chibanzi Mwachonda also criticized governors for their failure to sign the return to work formula.
Mwachonda said, “We will mobilize all doctors in private and government hospitals to go on strike next week to demonstrate to our leaders that doctors can work in unity.”
In a meeting with the doctors and union officials, there was a heated debate with criticism to the union officials for turning a blind eye to the suffering Kenyans. While others wanted the strike to continue, the officials were urged to engage the county Administration so as to end the strike.
County secretary Joab Tumbo said that talks were on going and arriving at the decision to reinstate the sacked doctors has not been reached yet. Talks between Mombasa County officials and doctors’ union to end the strike failed to take place. The County Public Service Board (CPSB) has however advertised 25 vacancies for specialized doctors to replace those sacked.
According to the CPSB Chairperson Farida Abdalla, the decision to allow the sacked doctors to reapply for their position will depend on how fast the union goes back to negotiations. She added that the county had no option but dismiss doctors who failed to reply to the letters.
In an interview, she said, “We know it is not easy to replace all the doctors, but we had no option because they have been on strike since November last year.”
Kenya National Union of Nurses secretary Peter Maroko speaking to the press said, “The talks collapsed, but we notice that payroll for nurses has been processed.”
All the 800 nurses in Mombasa county public hospitals are on strike as talks between the county officials and nurses’ union collapsed three weeks ago.