Burnout, unfair transfers, delayed promotions: Kajiado doctors issue 7-day strike notice

Burnout, unfair transfers, delayed promotions: Kajiado doctors issue 7-day strike notice

KMPDU officials led by National Secretary General Davji Atellah during a meeting with Kajiado County medics on December 1, 2023. PHOTO | COURTESY

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.

Kenya 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.

“We 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.

“In light of these dire issues, KMPDU issued a 7-day strike notice, aiming for a comprehensive resolution.”

Dr. 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.

“Frustration mounts due to promotions marred by nepotism, clanism, and favouritism. The system needs an overhaul,” he added.

“Doctors face erratic and punitive transfers without the promised compensation, violating HR norms. It's a breach of trust!”

The 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.

Dr. Atellah further underscored that areas such as Kitengela, Kajiado, and Oloitoktok grapple with a shortage of doctors.

Other issues include cessation of training opportunities for health workers which he said had disrupted health workforce development. 

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