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Patients continue suffering as nurses’ strike marks two weeks

28 August 2015, 13:27 Joseph Njung'eh

Nairobi - Patients in Nyeri County continue to suffer as nurses and health workers strike marks the second week.

The striking workers and the unbowed County Government have each maintained hard line positions.

The standoff continues as the health workers maintain they will continue with the strike until their grievances are addressed, while on the other side the county government threatens to sack them.

It remains to be seen who will blink first as the health workers keep off work as patients are left to seek treatment in private hospitals with a few remaining in the wards having no one to attend to.

Kenya National Union of Nurses (KNUN) regional Secretary Beatrice Mugure said they resulted to industrial action to compel the government to address their longstanding grievances relating to pay, promotion and good working environment.

The secretary, speaking at Karatina Township, has said since the county government took over health management, they have not been receiving their pays on time while their deductions have not been remitted to the relevant bodies.

She also said their morale was at its lowest due to lack of career progression as no promotions or re-designation of staff has been taking place since the county government took over the management of the health docket.

The secretary said it was time health sector reverted to the national government and also the human resource to end unnecessary suffering of patients over pay disputes.

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