No end in sight for doctors’ strike as officials suspend talks with gov’t

doctors' union officials jailed
KMPDU officials hand cuffed and being led off to jail. Photo/Courtesy

There is now no end in sight for the doctors’ strike after the Kenya Medical Practitioners and Dentists Union suspended talks with the government until seven of its officials jailed this morning finish their 30-day sentence.

The strike that enters its 72nd day today has paralysed operations in all pblic hospitals across the country and led to untold suffering of ordinary Kenyans who have no access to private health facilities.

The Labour and Employment Relations Court had handed KMPDU officials a one-month suspended jail sentence, which was postponed on two occasions before being finally effected this morning.

Judge Hellen Wasilwa ruled that the doctors have not demonstrated to court any new and compelling issue or pointed out any mistake or error apparent on the record or any sufficient cause that would warrant review of the court’s order

“There is no sufficient reason why the court should review its order. The orders of this court will now crystallise and you can now start serving your sentences,” Judge Wasilwa ruled.

The court further heard that doctors are in contempt of court and have decided to comply with the court’s directions selectively.

The court had asked the Union leaders to call off the strike and allow negotiations take place.

Dzuya Walter contributed to this story

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