Kenyatta national hospital medics strike to begin from Monday as go slow continues


Kenyatta National Hospital medics
Kenyatta National Hospital medics. FILE


Medics at the Kenyatta National Hospital (KNH) continues with a go-slow and threatens to go on full strike from Monday next week challenging its administration of neglecting to implement a suggested salary review.

Kenya National Union of Nurses (KNUN), Kenya Medical Practitioners Pharmacists and Dentists Union (KMPDU) and the Kenya Union of Domestic, Hotels, Education institutions, Hospitals and Allied Workers circulated a joint statement on Monday at the KNH precincts.

The Medics including doctors, nurses and members of other unions outside the health profession also gathered outside the accident and emergency area to send their stern warning to the Salaries and Remunerations Commission (SRC) for failing to execute a dispute resolution concerning re-categorization of their salaries.

While criticising the hospital’s administration for abandoning the implementation of the dispute resolution which was approved in 2012, the workers said they, however, have a higher bone to pick with SRC.

In 2012 the state enterprise advisory committee assessed all parastatals in the country including referral hospitals such as KNH which they upgraded from level 3B to 7A, consequently elevating all the 7000 employees to a different salary scale.

In 2019, the hospital’s administration board approached Treasury seeking funds to implement the new salary figures for the health workers.

Treasury set aside Ksh.2.4 billion and handed over Ksh.601 million to KNH early this year. However, none has been done on the same.

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