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Nakuru fires 16 doctors over strike

20 August 2015, 21:47 Jackson Okata

Nakuru - The Nakuru County government has suspended 16 doctors indefinitely for allegedly absconding duty.

The doctors, who were under probation, were part of the health workers who paralysed services in public health facilities for more than a week after they went on strike to press for promotions and pending allowances.

Addressing the press Thursday morning at his office, County Health Executive Mungai Kabii said the suspension was effected after the doctors failed to report to work after a return to work agreement was reached between the workers and their employer.

“There was an agreement that was reached between the employer and health workers union and it was agreed that all the health workers were to report back to work but some chose not to and as the employer, we have decided to suspend them pending investigations,” said Kabii.

Read Also: Nyeri doctors to strike over KES 24 million salary arrears

However, doctors vowed to continue with the industrial action until the County government yields to their demands.

Among issues raised include delayed implementation of promotions, payment of arrears and missing allowances.

The suspensions come days after County Chief Health Officer, Samuel Mwaura wrote an internal memo to all medical officers, pharmacists and dental officers directing them to report to work by August 17.

“You are directed to report to work failure to which your salary for this month will be stopped and serious disciplinary measure taken,” Dr Mwaura said.

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