County governments to get new doctors as CBA is signed

KMPDU Secretary-General Dr Ouma Oluga (left) with National Chairman Dr Samuel Oroko. FILE/PHOTO

Nairobi,KENYA: The council of governors chair Josphat Nanok has promised that the county governments will recruit new doctors across the country.

Speaking during the signing of doctors recognition agreement and Collective Bargaining Agreement on Thursday, Nanok said that despite the fact that the county governments are undergoing financial difficulty, they will factor in the employment of doctors so as to champion the improvement of health sector in line with the new reforms in the sector.

“Those counties that have resources and have the gaps of doctors they continue discusing with the union to be able to get those doctors on board.” Nanok said.

On the other hand, Kenya Medical Practitioners and Dentists Union sec general Dr Ouma Oluga, urged the national government to wire funds to the counties in time to avert strikes resulting out of lack of funds.

Nanok urged the nurses union to go back to the negotiation table so as to look for an amicable solution affecting the sector.

He promised that the council has formed a negotiating team to address the plight of clinical officers who have threatened to strike over promotions.

During the ceremony, 47 county chief health officers signed the doctors recognition and agreement and CBA which ultimately will be registered with the employment and labour relations court.

Meanwhile, Chief Executive health officer of Kwale county Dr Athman Chiguzo, applauded the signing of CBA; terming it as a milestone in the health sector especially in the coast, following the fact that health units in the counties will be well equipped thus fast tracking service delivery.

Signed between the Kenya Medical Practitioners and Dentists Union (KMPDU) and all the 47 counties, the four-year document is expected to be registered in the Employment and Labour Relations court in the next 14 days.

The CBA will see the lowest paid medic (intern) earn Sh 212,989 and the highest paid medic earn about Sh 814,000.