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Doctor's strike bites

17 September 2012, 10:48 Steve Wambugu

Most patients seeking services at the Rift Valley Provincial General Hospital PGH are now opting to seek treatment in private hospitals.

A spot check at the hospital on Monday morning by News24Kenya freelance reporter revealed that operations have been paralyzed with all doctors affiliated to the Kenya Medical Practitioners, Pharmacist and Dentists Union (KMPDU) staying away from their work station.

As the strike entered day Five , some patients who could not afford the cost of medication in private hospitals opted to return home un attended while the Kenya red cross volunteers as well as clinical officers complained of a heavy work load.

While vowing that they will not return to work un heard, KMPDU South Rift Secretary General Samuel Oroko said that the government had not shown any willingness to fully implement a return to work formula reached at in December last year when they went on strike .

He said that despite funds having been set aside for recruitment of 200 doctors, the government has only managed to recruit 57 doctors.

Oroko said that only a tiny number of eligible doctors have been promoted out of a possible 3000- a move he said was in total contravention of the return to work formula.

He said that monies released for payment of training fees for doctors have mysteriously gone missing adding that call and extraneous allowances have selectively been paid.

Oroko observed that for the nine months the union has been in negotiations with the government to implement the return to work formula, no government official has shown up to end the stalemate .

The rift valley provincial general hospital has about 50 doctors affiliated to the KMPDU.

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