Kenyatta National Hospital Reinstates Staff Linked to Botched Brain Surgery

  • The Kenyatta National Hospital (KNH) board has revoked the suspension of medical staff involved in the brain surgery mix-up last week that saw the wrong patient operated on.

    The Kenya Medical Practitioners and Dentists Board (KMPDB) has also been brought in to conduct a full probe and recommend solutions to ensure such a situation does not recur.

    KNH had earlier interdicted a neurosurgery registrar, a ward nurse, a theatre receiving nurse and an anesthetist for roles they could have played in the problematic surgery.

    The suspension letter issued to the registrar doctor who carried out the surgery has been withdrawn, potentially ending a stand-off between the hospital's management and 700 medics who boycotted work over the decision to suspend one of them.

    The registrars had maintained that they did not handle labelling and shifted the blame to nurses.

    [caption caption="CS Sicily Kariuki on a past tour on KNH"][/caption]

    KMPDB Chairman Prof. George Magoha urged the registrars to resume work, promising that the probe would lead to a better work environment for them.

    The decision to send KNH Chief Executive Lily Koros on compulsory leave, however, still stands.

    This was announced after Health Cabinet Secretary Sicily Kariuki held a meeting with Magoha and other senior officials on Thursday.

    Meanwhile, a section of MPs has vowed to impeach CS Kariuki for axing Koros.

    They claimed to have already collected signatures from 124 MPs in support of the motion.

    [caption caption="A section of Kenyatta National Hospital (KNH)"][/caption]