The Kenyan doctors’ strike has finally been called off.
The 100-day long strike which crippled the health sector was called off after Kenya medical practitioners, Pharmacists, and Dentists Union (KMPDU) and the Council of Governors signed the return to work formula.
The announcement was made at Delta house, Nairobi, where the documents were signed between the two parties on Tuesday following an earlier report from the Medical practitioners’ council that the strike would be called off today.
Today, Tuesday 14 March was also the last day set aside by the appeal court for the doctor’s union to come up with an agreement with the government.
While speaking at the appeal court, the doctors’ union officials said that they were finalizing the agreement with the council of governors and the agreement will be deposited before noon and consent filed before the end of the day.
The Kenyan doctors’ strike began when the union demanded better working conditions for the doctors in public hospitals that included improvement of public hospital facilities and payment of allowances to self-sponsored student doctors who work as hospital registrars.
The strike was said to have affected about 2500 public health institutions nationwide crippling operations in public hospitals as doctors stayed away as numerous deaths were reported in many hospitals.
The government last week offered the doctors’ union Ksh 50 billion but the union insisted that they should implement the 2013 collective bargaining agreement between the government and the doctors’ union.
The government then withdrew the Ksh 50 billion offer and threatened to issue sack letters to doctors who fail to return to duty.
Consequently, they continued with their negotiation with the doctors’ union with the Kenya National Commission on Human Rights and the Law society of Kenya present to mediate and fuel the process.