Kenyatta Hospital Doctors Decline to Go Back to Work

Doctors at Kenyatta National Hospital (KNH) have reportedly refused to go back to work until 12 of their colleagues who were sacked last week are reinstated.

A section of the fired medics were officials of the Kenya Medical Practitioners, Pharmacists and Dentists Union (KMPDU), who were dismissed following directives by KNH Chief Executive Officer Lily Koros.

Last week, Ms Koros dismissed the medics, who were participating in the just ended doctors strike, over what was termed as desertion.

40 others were also issued with a warning letter to explain why they should not face disciplinary action for participating in the industrial action.

In a report by the Star, Koros is said to be in the process of approving the reinstatement of the fired practitioners after KMPDU called off the strike on Tuesday.

KMPDU officials, the Council of Governor and Ministry of Health signed a return-to-work formula ending the strike which lasted 100 days.

According to the agreement, there should be no victimisation of the doctors who return to work and all disciplinary processes instituted against the medics including show cause and dismissal letters will be withdrawn.

The medical practitioners will receive Doctors Allowances ranging from an additional Sh36,000 to Sh80,000 depending on the job group.

Effective from January 1, 2017, every doctor will also get a new Medical Risk Allowance of Sh20,000.

The parties also agreed to complete negotiations on the Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) which should be registered with the court within sixty days.