Resume duties as you negotiate, Mailu tells nurses

Resume duties as you negotiate, Mailu tells nurses

Health Cabinet Secretary Dr. Cleopa Mailu has asked striking nurses to consider halting the ongoing industrial action as stakeholders work on resolving the conflict around the CBA.

Speaking at Kabarak University on Wednesday during the groundbreaking ceremony of a Ksh.45 billion teaching, research and referral mission hospital, the CS said that SRC had given guidance on what needed to be done.

“The SRC had given clear guidelines over the same. My appeal is to the unions to restore services to Kenyans as the talks go on over the CBA,” said Mailu.

The CS was categorical that the dispute was between the Council of Governors and the Nurses union, and there was need for the two parties to come to an agreement.

He was, however, quick to note that the Health Ministry will do all it can to ensure the two parties come to an agreement to avert Kenyans from suffering.

“Of course, this is a dispute between county governments and the union and they know how to handle it. As a Ministry, we will try our best to see the two parties come to an agreement so that Kenyans cannot suffer anymore,” he said.

Responding to a query about whether management of health sector should be returned to the national government, the CS stated that rolling back the devolution of the sector was not a perfect solution.

Anglican Church of Kenya Arch-Bishop Rt Revt Jackson Ole Sapit asked the government to run a state audit in Heath care system during the groundbreaking ceremony of the 500-bed facility. He also told politicians to stop politicising health crisis.

The ceremony was also attended by Baringo Senator Gideon Moi, Nakuru County Women Rep candidate on KANU ticket Grace Wangui Karuga.

The teaching, research and referral mission hospital expected to be operational by 2020.

The project will also oversee the modernization of 23 mission hospitals across the country under the Christian Health Association of Kenya (Chak).

Written by: Disney Maloba

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