The County government of Mombasa on Wednesday threatened to sack doctors and nurses within the county who refused to resume duties even after their July and August salaries were paid to them.
The medics have paralysed services at public hospitals within the county for the past three weeks over nonpayment of their salary arrears, and forced some hospitals including the Coast general hospital to close down most of its vital sections.
Tendai Lewa, the acting county executive secretary for health said the medics had failed to report back to work even after being paid, a situation he said amounted to indiscipline.
“They have to write show cause letters, and explain why disciplinary action should not be taken against them. All county workers have been paid and it is unacceptable that the nurses and doctors should be allowed to hold us at ransom,” Tendai told journalists in Mombasa.
He said they had information that several doctors employed by the county were running their private clinics when they were supposed to be on duty.
Mombasa nurses union confirmed that despite being paid their dues, their members had not resumed duty because they wanted a return to work formula first.
“We want a return to work agreement that will safe guard our members and ensure they are not victimized for being on strike. They can’t just go back to work like that,” Peter Maroko, union branch secretary, said.