Society / Health & Science
Wednesday, 04 Jan 2017 18:33 EATnewsdesk@kenyafreepress.com
President Uhuru Kenyatta and top government officials today held a day-long meeting with the doctors' union and tabled an offer in continuing efforts to end the ongoing strike by doctors. The government raised the entry level grade into the public service for doctors to Job Group “M” from Job Group “L”. This is higher than the normal entry level for other public servants and recognises doctors’ professional training
The President offered to raise the Enhanced Emergency Call allowance as follows: Increase to Sh66,000 from the current Sh30,000 for Job Group L – an increase of more than 100 per cent; increase to Sh72,000 from Sh30,000 for Job Groups M-P -- also an increase of much more than 100 per cent; and increase to Sh80,000 from Sh30,000 for Job Groups Q and above.
In addition, the government also offered a new Doctors’ Risk allowance at a flat rate of Sh10,000 per month. The sum total of the government’s offer means that the minimum gross salary for doctors will increase to Sh196,989 from the current Sh140,244 at full implementation at the current entry Job Group “L”.
The meeting convened by the President at State House Mombasa was attended by heads of government ministries and agencies critical to the discussions – the cabinet secretary for the Treasury Henry Rotich, the CS Health Dr Cleopa Mailu, Salaries Remuneration Commission boss Sarah Serem and her Public Service Commission counterpart Margaret Kobia.
During the meeting, according to a statement from State House, the government also reaffirmed its commitment to ensure equity in the nationwide distribution of doctors; continuous training, and a standard framework of employment across counties – including mechanisms for transfer of doctors and promotions.
Doctors were represented by a 7-member team from the Kenya Medical Practitioners and Dentists Union (KMPDU) led by Chairman Samuel Oroko and Secretary-General Ouma Oluga. The KMPDU team was accompanied by a legal representative. The unionists will consult their wider membership before responding on the offer.
Early tonight, Dr Oluga confirmed the State House meeting but said no deal was reached yet. "After lengthy discussions, we have not reached any deal. We shall reconvene on Friday at 10.00am at Treasury to continue with engagements.