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Nakuru health workers threaten to strike over salary dues

01 April 2014, 09:41 Wilshere

Nakuru - More than 2 240 health workers have given Nakuru County government two days to pay them their two month's salary dues.

According to Chairman of Kenya Medical Practitioners, Pharmacists and Dentists' Union (KMPPDU), Samuel Oroko, they have not been paid their dues since the health sector was devolved.

Oroko said that so far, Nakuru has lost over 20 health workers who have resigned since they have not been paid their salaries as agreed.

“Devolution of health sector was done hurriedly with no wider consultatio. Right now, 10 doctors in Nakuru have resigned with other 10 health workers threatening to follow suit due to uncertainty in salary payment and poor structures,” he said on Monday during a press briefing.

The news of health workers resignation come days after Nakuru County governor, Kinuthia Mbugua dismissed speculations that doctors were resigning from public hospitals.

The chairman of KMPPDU also said that promotion of 500 qualified doctors has not been effected as agreed.  

He added that most of the health workers are forced to work overtime there are more patients than there are staff members.

“Despite working under harsh conditions, promotion of doctors in our health centers is yet to be effected,” he said.

The health workers also called on the Health Cabinet Secretary, James Macharia to intervene before the situation gets out of hand.

Oroko said that devolution of health sector has demoralized them and thus affected their service delivery.

The health workers vowed not to resume to work until their grievances are addressed by the Nakuru government.  

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