“Striking Kenyan Doctors will not receive their December salaries…they did not work for us and we are their employer” Dr. Ayisi
Sequel to the ongoing medical workers strike in Nairobi, Kenya, the Nairobi County Governor Evans Kidero has said that doctors who participate in the ongoing strike action will not receive their December salaries.
Over 120 doctors in Nairobi County will not receive their December salaries for participating in an illegal nationwide strike, Governor Evans Kidero said on Tuesday.
The county’s 124 doctors downed their tools demanding a 300 percent salary increment signed in a 2013 CBA.
If implemented, the lowest paid doctor will take home Sh342,000 while the highest will enjoy Sh940,000. Currently, the lowest a doctor earns is Sh40,000 and the highest Sh500,000.
In a reaction, BuzzKenya gathered that the Governor said it was only 54 doctors who did not participate in the strike. while speaking to the press on Tuesday he went further to say, only 54 doctors in the county, who did not participate in the strike, will receive their salaries.
However, he said that health services in the county had not been paralyzed with over 80 percent of services being offered to patients following a return-to-work deal signed with nurses.
The governor went further to say that the doctors had no grievances as they had negotiated with them during October strike.
Speaking to the press on Tuesday, “Our doctors had no reason to join the strike as we had already signed a return to work formulae in October. We will therefore not pay them as they did not work for us and we are their employer,” said Nairobi County Secretary Dr. Robert Ayisi.
He added that the county had also obtained a court order asking the striking Kenyan doctors to down tools when they threatened to hold a nationwide strike. The doctors defied the order.
According to Dr. Ayisi, the move not to pay doctors who participated in the strike was due to a resolution by Governors that action should be taken against the health workers.
Dr. Ayisi said that the 124 striking Kenyan doctors included medical officers and those on internship. He said the county will cancel their internship and that it will ask the ministry to redeploy them.
“Those on internship and are on strike and we will not allow them in our hospitals. Let the ministry find some other counties to redeploy them,” said Dr. Ayisi.
He said that the county hospital is also run by over 40 consultants and 20 high-level medics handling emergency and maternity cases.
He said that the county doctors had been given confirmation letters, salary arrears paid and promotion letters during the last strike.