Healthcare Strike: KNH Sacks 12 Doctors, 48 Others Face Disciplinary Action

Kenyatta National Hospital has sacked 12 doctors with 48 others awaiting disciplinary action due to the ongoing healthcare strike which has entered the 95th day today.

Kenyatta National Hospital Chief Executive Officer Lily Koros addressed the press on the sacking of the doctors taking part in the strike on March 8, 2017.

Koros said that doctors from KNH were advised not to participate in the ongoing healthcare strike since the strike is illegal under the law.

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Koros went further to say that 48 doctors who were issued with show-cause letters in January were undergoing disciplinary action.

“The management is now escalating the disciplinary process to have cases determined expeditiously to the full extent provided by the law.”

She ordered all striking doctors employed by the Kenya’s biggest teaching and referral hospital to return to work “or they will face disciplinary action that includes summary dismissal, eviction from hospital quarters and other administrative action”

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The same directive to report back to work applies to interns at the hospital and registrars sponsored by the government following a memo emanating from Health Cabinet Secretary Cleopa Mailu.

“Accordingly and by way of this letter, you are directed to release all government sponsored students (registrars) currently undertaking post-graduate studies in your esteemed institution to report back to their duty station in the respective counties and or other institutions,” a statement addressed to the University of Nairobi Vice Chancellor indicated.

The same statement further emphasized the position taken by the National and County Governments to restore services in public health centers.

Earlier on Wednesday, Council of Governors Chairman, Peter Munya warned the striking doctors that the County and National Governments will start hiring foreign doctors from Africa and beyond in efforts to restore services in public health centers.

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The healthcare strike which started on December 5, 2016, has dragged on despite interventions by the court and Kenyan government to resolve the issues that led to the strike.

The current action taken by Kenyatta National Hospital has shown the striking doctors that the government threat is now real as they can now be relieved of their duties because they have refused to come to an agreement with the Government.

The remaining 48 doctors facing disciplinary action may also stand the same fate as those dismissed if they fail to return to duty.