Crisis in the offing as medical workers go slow
10 December 2013, 08:15
Nairobi - Medical workers will go on striker starting Tuesday morning after talks between the medical workers union and government failed to come to a middle ground over the proposed movement of medical services to county level.
The workers want to be retained in the central government set-up until the county system in up and running in an efficient manner.
The strike officially begun midnight, trouble for the country just a a few hours to the jubilee celebrations.
Despite the talks between the Kenya Medical Practitioners, Pharmacists and Dentists Union KMPDU and government going into the night, there was no agreement between the two sides.
Sources privy to the meeting suggested a hardline stance from both sides was key to the failure.
" The strike begins midnight and will go on until issues that are very important to us are addressed, Sultani Matendechere of KMPDU told a press briefing after the unsuccessful meeting.
" It is vital that government take charge of the situation and ensure medical officers, who are so important to the country are well taken care of, he added.
Despite the announcement, governors still insisted that health services must be cede to County level as soon as possible and according to Bomet Governor Isaac Ruto, it is feasible.
" We have to take steps and move from somewhere. Rome was not built in a day. We have to ensure that the counties assume their responsibilities as is constitutionally required, he said.
Sources did however insist that there would be continued dialogue to try avert the strike.