Private doctors in Mombasa threaten to strike over arrest of colleagues

Kenya Medical Association Dr. Mahendra Pancholi (centre) together with other consultant doctors in private hospitals addressing the press in Mombasa on February 15 2017. PHOTO: DIANA WANYONYI.

Mombasa, KENYA: Consultant doctors in private hospitals in the Kenyan Coast have threatened to join their colleagues who are in public hospitals by downing their tools if the doctors’ union officials are not released.

Speaking on Tuesday during a press briefing at Kenya Medical Association hall in Mombasa, the consultants led by KMA Chairman Dr. Mahendra Pancholi, said that the leadership of this country should act quickly so as to rescue the health sector.

“The government both at National and County level should treat this health crisis with urgency it deserves, and there will be no negotiations until the CBA 7 are released”. He said.

The doctors have vowed to go on strike as from Wednesday if the national government does not release the seven heads of medics who were jailed by a Nairobi Court on Monday.

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The doctors have also called on senior health officials at Afya house in Nairobi to resign.

“All stumbling blocks including the senior officers should resign or be sacked for failure to solve this health crisis”. Said Dr. Pancholi.

Dr. Yaakub Abdulhamid, chairperson of Pharmaceutical Society of Kenya Coast Branch, said that they will not resume work until the Kenyan government meet their demands, that are contained in the Collective Bargaining Agreement of July 2013.