Govt addressing health sector salary issues
30 January 2014, 15:16
Nairobi - Cabinet Secretary for Devolution and Planning, Anne Waiguru, said government was rectifying errors on the salaries of workers in the health sector.
“There was a technical hitch with regard to a few counties, not all of them. Some have already been rectified. It was mostly administrative so there is no doctor whose salary has been legally reduced,” said Waiguru.
Waiguru was acting to diffuse a possible revolt by thousands of health workers after it emerged that salaries of most workers had been reduced by varying percentages.
The workers payroll has since been devolved to the county governments and so far the counties of Mandera and Baringo are the ones with the highest qualities of the present hitch.
“I wish to assure the doctors that the national government is working closely with the county governments to ensure the error is rectified and doctors get their full pay,” she said.
The Kenya Medical Practitioners and Dentist Union has already issued a warning that doctors under the devolved system will boycott their duties if they do not receive their full pay as county governments take up the role of paying the salaries of devolved workers.
Last year, doctors went on a strike to protest against the devolving of their payroll to the county governments in an industrial action that paralyzed operations in public hospitals across the country.
– CAJ News