Governor to refer striking doctors back to Central Govt
20 December 2013, 12:18
Vihiga - Vihiga Governor, Moses Akaranga, will refer the striking health workers in the County back to the central government.
Akaranga said that although the medical practitioners were seconded to the County governments by the national government, they have failed to meet their respective employers (Governors) to address their woes.
“The medical practitioners in Vihiga have not come for dialogue with me. They instead go and talk with the national government officers instead of coming to me, their employer,” Akaranga said.
He noted that the only option now is to refer back the striking healthcare workers to their previous employer so that the County can look for alternative means of helping its ailing population.
Akaranga spoke when he met the healthcare workers in Vihiga County Thursday at the County hospital in Mbale, which was dodged by the union leaders in the County. County Director of Health, Dr Quido Ahindukha, members of the County executive, and County representatives on health committee attended the function.
The hospital medical superintendent, Dr Francis Odira, who has been at the hospital all by himself to tend to emergency cases said that the union officials should give dialogue a chance because their strike has already been declared illegal by the high court.
“I feel very sad if I cannot treat all the members of the community who come to the facility to seek medical assistance. It is high time that we gave dialogue a chance to help save the nation,” he said.
Healthcare workers who attended the function expressed their fears over their allowances, salaries and promotion among other things.
However, Akaranga assured those workers who are on duty that their remuneration and other benefits will not be affected by the devolution of the sector.
“The Constitution is very clear regarding the services that have been devolved to the counties. Doctors, the highly learned individuals in the country, should be the least of all in misinterpreting the constitution,” he said.
He revealed that records were being kept in the various health institutions in the County, and those who will not have reported for work by the end of the week will be referred back to the national government and new officers employed.
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