Laikipia Doctors issues strike notice

Doctors in Laikipia County have threatened to down their tools if the county government does not address their grievances over promotion and denial of study leave.

Addressing the media at Nyahururu County and Referral Hospital on Thursday, the doctors expressed their frustration saying that the county administration was denying them study leave and promotions.

Through Kenya Medical Practitioners, Pharmacists and Dentists Union (KMPDU) South Rift Secretary-General, Dr. DavjiAtellah, the doctors accused the county administration of forcing them to resign if they wished to go for further studies.

The Secretary General said that 14 doctors from the County had applied for study leave but only one doctor was allowed to go to Cuba.

After engaging the county government, those who were not granted permission were asked to resign first in order to be allowed to go and further their studies, he said.

Dr. Atellah noted that they had resolved the issues with the county government and agreed that seven doctors would be sent on study leave but the county administration remained adamant.

The county government argued that there was a shortage of doctors but we pleaded with them to allow seven doctors to be allowed to go for more meaningful courses which are really affecting area residents but they were also denied the opportunity, added Dr. Atellah.

He accused the county administration of taking a hard stand in releasing the doctors to go for study leave yet other counties had released theirs.

Nakuru, Narok, Kajiado, Bomet and Kericho have already released their doctors to go on study leave but it’s the opposite in our county, said the Secretary General.

The medics said on the lapse of 14 days, doctors from the county would down their tools until their demands were met.

We have asked doctors from Laikipia to proceed to their study leave as from Monday and if the county does not allow them to go, we will not have other options but stop offering services until the county stops being hostile, added Dr. Atellah.

He further said that most of the doctors were now frustrated as a result of overdue promotions.

We have consultants who have served in the same job groups for more than 10 years, he added.

Source: Kenya News Agency