Doctors to miss salaries for the period they were on strike

Doctors to miss salaries for the period they were on strike
Kenya Medical Practioners and Dentist Union (KMPDU) members demonstrating in Nairobi City. Photo/File

Doctors who participated in the just concluded 100-day strike may miss their pay for the period they absconded duties.

In a letter addressed to all governors and copied to the Principal Secretary Ministry of Health, the Council of Governors (CoG) informed the county chiefs that they are no obliged to pay doctors sums accrued during the period they were on strike.

This is despite a guarantee in the doctors’ return to work formula that counties shall withdraw all pending disciplinary processes and that the agreed new salaries and allowances to be payable effective January 2017.

The letter further advises governors to liaise with the National Treasury to reimburse them money to meet the new doctors salary demands up to the end of the current financial year after which counties will make provisions in their next financial year to pay the same.

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