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Team formed to probe alleged doctors' resignations

19 March 2014, 12:49

Nairobi - The government has formed a task force to investigate the reported resignations by doctors which has painted a grim picture of the sector.

Medical practitioners have been dumping some counties because of delays in the issuance of their salaries.

The task force will have its work cut out to recruit more staff to the health sector which has borne the brunt of government employees leaving the profession in droves in search of greener pastures.

“There is a shortage of nurses and in total we have a shortage of 42 000 nurses in addition to 20 000 doctors. We are working very hard to make sure that we recruit 9 000 nurses every year,” said Cabinet Secretary for Health, James Macharia, following the appointment of the task force that faces an uphill struggle to convince medical professionals to join or remain in the trade under government employment.

Meanwhile, following the announcement of the task force, a team has already been dispatched to Embu County, which is the most affected with at least 16 doctors resigning recently.

Macharia said that a total of 120 doctors have so far resigned in different counties across the country. Unions have put the official resignations figure at 600.

Macharia accused the county governments of failing to address the doctors’ predicaments. Doctors have been resigning in droves because of delayed salaries.

County governments handle the payment of the medical practitioners.

Amid the mass resignations, government has pledged to equip two hospitals per county at a cost of Sh 34 billion.

- CAJ News

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