Society / Health & Science
Tuesday, 20 Sep 2016 19:41 EAT
Medical patients in Nyeri have something to smile about after doctors at the local referral hospital called off their industrial action which began on Friday this afternoon. A marathon 8-hour closed-door meeting involving the County Secretary Alice Wachira, County Health Executive Charles Githinji and the doctors' representatives ended the stalemate.
The doctors had downed their tools on Friday 16th September after the county government refused to allow some of them to undertake postgraduate studies. Among other issues they raised are delayed payments and poor staffing.
Kenya Medical Practitioners and Dentists Union (KMPDU) Nyeri branch chairperson Goody Gor revealed that the county government had agreed to take action on their grievances within the shortest possible time.
“We had positive negotiations with the county officials and they agreed to start the promotion of consultants exercise,” said Dr Gor.
The strike was a big headache for residents as many were forced to transfer their patients to private health institutions but the County Secretary Ms Wachira assured the residents of the administration's commitment to ensuring that health matters run smoothly without disruption.
The writer is the news editor of the Kenya Free Press