Kenya Medical Association Nakuru branch members have condemned the arrest of union officials on Monday Morning due to the ongoing doctor’s strike and are now calling on the President to intervene in the matter before 15th February lest the private medical practitioners join in the ongoing nationwide strike.
Addressing media in Nakuru on Monday afternoon the practitioners led by KMA Nakuru Branch Secretary Dr Mugambi Joy said the arrest of the officials was not the solution to the ongoing Doctors’ strike.
Dr.Mugambi also called on the public to join in a mass protest march in Nairobi to demand for justice in the health sector.
“Today is a very sad day for us as members of KMA,we know very well that it is a constitutional right to go on strike but the arrest of our officials is not what we expected.For thi reason we shall be joined by the private practioners as from 15th February to down tools until the government takes action”she said.
Her sentiments were echoed by chairman Pharmaceutical Society of Kenya Central Rift Branch Dr.Achoka Victor.
Dr.Achoka said it was saddening that patients continue to suffer yet the government has failed to implement the CBA signed in 2013.
“It is indeed a sad day for us and Kenya as a whole but we hope the Executive will come in and the matter will be addressed as soon as possible” he said.
According to KMA member Dr.Carolyne Muiru,the Doctors’ strike is not all about salaries and remuneration but rather it is about the CBA of 2013 signed by the Government.
Dr.Muiru called on the Governmnet to ensure the CBA signed in 2013 is implemented to the latter and seal all loopeholes that are affecting the health sector in the country.
“I would like to state here that the strike is not about salary as the image is seen but it is about the CBA of 2013 and full implementation of it. Let the Government address the loopholes that continue to perpetuate impunity in the health sector” she said.
This comes even as Doctors are plan to hold month long vigils in solidarity with seven of their top union officials who were jailed Monday for contempt by the Industrial and Labour Relations court.
Following the ruling, Kenya Medical Practitioners and Dentist Union (KMPDU) Nairobi Branch Secretary General Thuranira Kaugiria stated that the vigils will be held at the Lang’ata women’s and Kamiti prisons.
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