Society / Health & Science
Friday, 09 Dec 2016 13:57 EAT
The threat by striking medics to impose a 24-hour stoppage of clinical services in all private and mission hospitals has alarmed the government as the strike on its fifth day has so far claimed lives of 20 patients. The chairman of the Medical Practitioners and Dentists Board Prof. George Magoha today warned of disciplinary action against any medical or dental practitioner should they paralyse clinical services in private and mission hospitals as they plan on Tuesday 13th December 2016.
“The Board strongly warns that we shall not hesitate to take disciplinary action against any medical or dental practitioner who will be reported to have contravened the provisions Constitution of Kenya (2010), the Doctors’ Code of Professional Conduct and Discipline, 6th Edition (2012) and the Kenya National Patients’ Rights Charter, 1st Edition (2013) Chapter 1 Para. 4, which provides that a patient’s right to access a health care provider of his/her choice shall not be unduly restricted by a third party”, said Prof. Magoha.
He also appealed to the Government and the Kenya Medical Practitioners, Pharmacists and Dentists Union to fast-track the ongoing negotiations in order to alleviate the suffering of Kenyans and thus avert further loss of lives. He was reacting to Dr Ouma Oluga, the Secretary General of the Kenya Medical Practitioners, Pharmacists and Dentists Union (KMPDU), who on Wednesday threatened to mobilise his members to paralyse operations at private and mission hospitals should the government fail to implement the Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) and enable them call off the strike.
Prof Magoha who is a urological professor said the call for the stoppage of services in private health institutions not only interferes with the management and operations of private entities, but also interferes with the constitutional rights of the public to access healthcare services as espoused under Article 43 (1) (a) and also the right to access emergency medical services as stipulated in Article 43(2).
The Board, he said, is committed to its mandate of guiding the professionals (doctors) and protecting the public and in doing so, demand the following:
a) That services in public and private facilities should never be disrupted by anybody;
b) That no Medical or Dental practitioner should disrupt services in private and mission health institutions;
c) That health institutions should report to the Board and/or the police any person(s) who threatens their employees or disrupts the operations of their institutions;
d) That the government should spare no effort to ensure that anyone who attempts to interfere with the operations of private health institutions is dealt with decisively and in accordance with the law.