Form Health Service Commission to address crisis in the health sector, medic

Kenya Union of Clinical Officers is calling on the government to move with speed and form a health commission to avert perennial health crisis.

The union claimed the crisis currently facing the country owing to the nationwide nurses’ strike could be a thing of the past if a strong commission is constituted to manage all cadres of health practitioners in the country.

Addressing the press in Kisumu town Thursday, the union through their county chairman Vincent Waa lamented that the nurse’s boycott had immensely affected health operations in various health facilities.

Mr. Waa said the current situation had forced clinical officers in health facilities to move in by offering emergency services which most of them are not well acquainted to.

Clinical officers are overwhelmed and are feeling the pinch of the strike since they have been forced to offer emergency services, he said.

Waa is calling for formation of the Commission so that it could handle human resource aspect as a solution to addressing challenges in the sector.

The nationwide nurses ‘strike has so far pushed patients to seek medical attention in private clinics since services have remained paralyzed in public hospitals for the fourth day running.

The strike which started last Monday was called by Kenya National Union of Nurse (KNUN) following alleged failure by the Council of Governors to implement Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) signed with the Union.

Council of Governors council chairman Josephat Nanok and Salaries and Remuneration Commission (SRC) have termed the demands unattainable.

The current strike comes in the wake of increased cases of industrial action by medical staff, the most recent being that of medical doctors that lasted about three months.

Since the devolution of the health sector after promulgation of the new constitution in 2013, stakeholders in the sector have been calling for the establishment of the Commission to manage human resource issues due to frequent strikes.

Source: Kenya News Agency