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