The Kenyan government has offered to increase the minimum gross salary for doctors from the current 140,244 shillings (about 1,360 US dollars) a month to 196,989 shillings at full implementation at the current entry Job Group L.

The government has also offered to raise the entry level grade into the public service for doctors to Job Group M from the current Job Group L which is higher than the normal entry level for other public servants and recognizes doctors’ professional training.

This was revealed during a day-long meeting which President Uhuru Kenyatta convened Wednesday in Mombasa, the country’s second largest city, with representatives of the Kenya Medical Practitioners and Dentists Union (KMPDU) as part of ongoing efforts to end the strike by doctors.

The meeting at State House Mombasa was attended by heads of government ministries and agencies critical to the discussions, including the Cabinet Secretary )Minister) for the National Treasury, Henry Rotich, his counerpart at Health, Dr Cleopa Mailu, the Chairperson of the Salaries Remuneration Commission, Sarah Serem, and the Chairperson of the Public Service Commission, Professor Margaret Kobia.

The doctors were represented by a seven-member KMPDU delegation led by Chairman Dr Samuel Oroko and Secretary-General Dr Ouma Oluga. The KMPDU team was accompanied by a legal representative.

Government also re-affirmed its commitment to ensure equity in the nation-wide distribution of doctors; continuous training, and a standard framework of employment across counties, including mechanisms for transfers and promotions.

Doctors on their part affirmed their commitment to a quicker resolution of the strike and committed to consult with their wider membership before responding to the government offers on Friday.