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Mututho wants doctors to work on locum basis

"We need to talk to the doctors and understand what they need because they have genuine concerns which need to be addressed instead of threatening them with sacking", said the former NACADA chairman.

By Jackson Okataamboleokata@gmail.comWednesday, 21 Dec 2016 14:57 EAT

The government has been challenged to formulate legislation allowing doctors in government hospitals to offer their services on locum basis as one way of avoiding the never ending strikes. Former NACADA chairman John Mututho said that allowing doctors in government hospitals to operate on locum basis will give them freedom and more time to render their services elsewhere, which will enable them make extra income.

Mr Mututho argues that doctors should be paid by the number of hours they work as opposed to now where they are paid by the number of days worked. He added that doctors in government hospitals are demoralized by the meager salaries they earn despite them spending hours on end at work. "The solution is for us to amend our laws and allow the doctors to work on locum basis where they will be paid as per the number of hours worked and this will give them more time and freedom of offering their services elsewhere, something which will enable them make some extra cash which is what they need," Mr Mututho said.

"We need to talk to the doctors and understand what they need because they have genuine concerns which need to be addressed instead of threatening them with sacking", said the former NACADA chairman, who called on the doctors to "have a human heart and be ready to attend to emergency cases." He warned that quack doctors had taken advantage of the ongoing doctors' strike and were offering substandard services to Kenyans, something he termed as a health hazard.

The writer is contributing reporter for the Kenya Free Press based in Nakuru County





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