Kenya health sector unions issue 7-day strike notice to Nakhumicha

The health sector in the country could plunge into total chaos if the govt remains defiant to address the grievances of the medics with a new batch of health unions now serving the health ministry with a seven day strike notice.

The Kenya Environmental Health and Public Health Practitioners Union , Kenya National Union of Pharmaceutical Technologists, Kenya Union of Nutritionists and Dieticians, and the Kenya Health Professional Society  have today served a strike notice to Cabinet Secretary Susan Nakhumicha citing deep-seated frustrations with her Health Ministry.

The collective unions have addressed the Ministry’s failure to officially recognize the unions, despite fulfilling all legal requirements, a situation deemed a breach of the Labour Relations Act.

“We demand that the three unions be recognized because we have met all requirements for recognition,” stated KEHPHPU General Secretary and CEO, Brown Ashira.

This as the doctors strike entered its 20th day today calling on President William Ruto to broker a truce in their stalemate with the ministry and governors.

KMPDU Secretary General Davji Atellah has challenged the head of state to act swiftly saying doctors will not be threatened or coerced to return work if their agreement is not honored

KMPU Deputy Secretary General Dennis Miskellah has regretted the wanton suffering of patients in hospital calling on the govt to abide by the 2017 CBA

This notice comes after directives from the Council of Governors and the Ministry of Health urging doctors to resume work or face termination.

President William Ruto has remained silent mum on the doctors’ strike, only dispatching his Chief of Staff Felix Koskei to broker negotiations between doctors and the health ministry on March 21.

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