KENYAN GOVT, DOCTORS RESUME TALKS TO END STRIKE

NAIROBI, The Kenyan government and the country’s striking public sector doctors have resumed negotiations in a bid to end the ongoing strike.

The talks, spearheaded by the Kenya National Commission on Human Rights in conjunction with the Law Society of Kenya, are specifically aimed at crafting a return to work formula more than two months after the doctors went on strike, paralyzing services at public health facilities.

The talks resumed here Thursday as nurses threatened to kick off a strike of their own next month.

The talks were convened in light of the determination by the Court of Appeal which directed the release of the seven officials of the seven officials of the Kenya Medical Practitioners, Pharmacists and Dentist Union (KMPDU), on condition that they commit to the spirit of negotiations.

The Kenya National Commission on Human Rights (KNCHR) and the Law Society of Kenya (LSK) confirmed that they would spearheaded the talks which among other things seek to persuade the doctors to call off their strike which has paralyzed services in public hospitals.

The next item for discussion is the modalities of the implementation of the 2013 collective agreement signed between the government and the doctors and which has not been implemented.

The KNCHR and LSK confirmed that they will also craft a return-to-work formula that will be presented in court on Feb 23.

Meamwhile, nurses’ union secretary-general Seth Panyako has warned that nurses nationwide would go on strike next month if the government failed to sign the negotiated collective agreement which has been registered in court.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK