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Doctors threaten to down tools over delayed pay

17 July 2014, 12:42 Joseph Njung’eh

Nyeri - Doctors have threatened to down tools over delayed payments by the Nyeri County government.

The over 50 doctors allied to Kenya Medical Practitioners Pharmacists and Dentists Union lamented that the county government had not paid  half of their colleagues last month’s salaries.

The union chairman Victor Ng’ani said the doctors have been suffering with some going for four months without pay.

Addressing journalists after a three hour meeting at Nyeri Provincial General Hospital (PGH) on Thursday, the chairman said the doctors have faced many challenges under the county government and so the government should shape up or else they look for jobs in other counties.

The union will therefore meet next week with Nyeri Governor, Nderitu Gachagua, Health executive secretary Charles Githinji and chief of staff Simon Wachira where they will chat the way forward over the salary and other challenges affecting the county.

He said they will issue a strike notice thereafter.

“If they will not assure us that they will stop delaying payments, we will give a notice of industrial action. We shall not continue working without pay,” said the chairman.

Ng’ani said the union members must be assured of security of their jobs and work comfortably without further delays.

“The county government must also hire more doctors. We are only 54 doctors out of the required 700 doctors. The government has a crisis in human resource which must be addressed. They have not laid down proper structures,” he lamented.

He however said the challenges are not only in Nyeri County but in other counties since the devolved government started last year.

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