Burnout, unfair transfers, delayed promotions: Kajiado doctors issue 7-day strike notice
Doctors in Kajiado County are now threatening
to down their tools if the devolved unit fails to address their issues within
the next 7 days.
Medical Practitioners, Pharmacists and Dentists Union (KMPDU) Secretary General
Davji Atellah, in a statement to newsrooms on Friday, termed the health
situation in the county as alarming and called for an urgent solution.
engaged with doctors in Kajiado to understand their challenges, and the
situation is deeply alarming…It's a plea for justice, fairness, and a
commitment to a healthcare system that truly serves the people,” noted Dr. Atellah.
light of these dire issues, KMPDU issued a 7-day strike notice, aiming for a
Atellah highlighted seven challenges facing the Kajiado medics, among them;
delayed promotions, unfair transfers, as well as financial disciplining whereby
he said doctors’ salaries and allowances are unlawfully withheld in order to
get them to tow the line.
mounts due to promotions marred by nepotism, clanism, and favouritism. The
system needs an overhaul,” he added.
face erratic and punitive transfers without the promised compensation,
violating HR norms. It's a breach of trust!”
KMPDU boss also complained of a shortage of workforce and health resources
including equipment and drugs, which he said hinders efficiency in patient care
and leads to loss of lives.
Atellah further underscored that areas such as Kitengela, Kajiado, and
Oloitoktok grapple with a shortage of doctors.
include cessation of training opportunities for health workers which he said
had disrupted health workforce development.
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