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Doctors down tools in Kisii

Medical   Services  in Kisii are paralyzed  after Doctors downed their tools over alleged failure by the County government to  implement collective bargaining agreement (CBA).

The  medics vowed to continue with the boycott until their grievances were addressed.

The  Kenya Medical Practitioners and Dentists Union (KMPDU) Kisii Branch Chairman, Dr. Kevin  Osuri  said the status quo  would remain unless the June 2017 CBA was fully implemented.

Addressing  the  media  in Kisii  town  on Wednesday, Osuri  claimed the doctors had arrived at the painful move after  exhausting all available channels to resolve the impasse.

They  cited  intimidation  and harassment by the employer when they demand for promotions which had been pending  for  five  years and release of over 50 qualified doctors for postgraduate studies.

They  had also not been covered under the NHIF prompting them to question the rationale behind providing health services, which they as doctors could not afford.

The  County Executive  for Health, Sarah  Omache  declined to comment on the issue while the County Director of Health  Services, Dr. Geoffrey  Otomu promised  to speak on the issue at a later date.

By  Jane Naitore

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