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Alarm over resignation of doctors in public hospitals

18 November 2013, 14:48

Nairobi - The Kenya Medical Practitioners, Pharmacist and Dentist Union (KMPDU) raised alarm at the rate at which professionals are resigning from public hospitals.

Union Secretary General, Sultan Matendechero, blamed the setback on a dispute that emerged from the devolution of medical services.

“We are having a big setback because you see now the numbers are falling and we are facing a much bigger reduction in the next one or two months because now people are looking at the end of December as the time when we are going to walk into oblivion not knowing what is going to happen.

People have made elaborate arrangements to shift to the private sector and other engagements that they now want to concentrate on,” said the official.

Doctors have been opposed to the move to have public hospitals be managed by County governments.

The resignation by doctors from public hospitals threatens to halt services at public hospitals that serve the majority of Kenyans.

Locals prefer public hospitals to private ones due to their subsidized charges. Richer members of the community favour private hospitals.

– CAJ News




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