Mombasa County fires 86 doctors including KMPDU boss Chibanzi Mwachonda


Mombasa County fires 86 doctors including KMPDU boss Chibanzi Mwachonda
Kenya Medical Practitioners and Dentists Union (KMPDU) Chibanzi Mwachonda . PHOTO| CITIZEN DIGITAL

The Mombasa County Government has fired 86 doctors for failing to resume duty after their strike was called off.

Among the healthcare workers sent home is Kenya Medical Practitioners and Dentists Union (KMPDU) Secretary General Chibanzi Mwachonda.

According to Mombasa County Public Service Board secretary Jeizun Faruk, the 86 doctors have failed to deliver services without satisfactory reasons which amounts to negligence of duty.

“Following the correspondences shared between the Department of Health and the County Public Service Board on the doctors strike, the Board pursuant to Section 59 (1) (c) of the County Governments Act No. 17 of 2012, hereby conveys its decision vide Special Board meeting held on 5″ January, 2021 that all the doctors who have failed, refused and/or neglected to return to work be dismissed from County Services as provided for under Section 44 (4) (a), (c) and {e) of the Employment Act 2007 which constitute justifiable or lawful grounds for the dismissal as highlighted in
the Act,” reads a notice from the board.

KMPDU Coast region Secretary General Doctor Abidan Mwachi said they were yet to receive the termination letters.

The County Health officials led by the CEC for Health have been instructed to ensure that the sacked doctors receive their letters and surrender government property.

“Kindly ensure the above doctors receive their letters and immediately hand over all the properties belonging to the County Government to their supervisors. Update us on the progress of the dissemination of the letters, handover and staff return for each of the facilities,” the notice further reads.

There are a total of 220 doctors in Mombasa County.

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