In Summary

  • Nakuru County Assembly has set aside Sh60million out of the consolidated fund to pay the arrears of the striking health workers.
  • The funds are contained in a hurriedly drafted Sh166million Nakuru County Supplementary Appropriation Bill, 2017.
  • The medics went on strike on December 5 last year for 100 days in one of the longest and most painful strikes that left pain and death of patient in its wake.

NAKURU

Nakuru County Assembly has set aside Sh60million out of the consolidated fund to pay the arrears of the striking health workers.

These funds are contained in a hurriedly drafted Sh166million Nakuru County Supplementary Appropriation Bill, 2017.

More than 70 doctor and specialists in the county went on strike last Friday protesting over unpaid salaries for the months of December 2016, January, February, March and April 2017, which they have not received.

The medics went on strike on December 5 last year for 100 days in one of the longest and most painful strikes that left pain and death of patient in its wake.

The new round of strike has paralysed health services in all public hospitals in the county after doctors and specialist downed their tools.

APPROPRIATION

However, the assembly has moved fast to end the strike and the Supplementary Appropriation Bill 2017 is set to be passed by the House before it goes for indefinite recess on June 16.

The Bill has already been read for the second time and now awaits the third reading before the House authorize the issue of Sh166million out of the consolidated fund.

The Bill drafted by the Finance, Budget and Appropriation committee recommended that the county suspends the recruitment of 220 additional enforcement officers with a proposed allocation of Sh20million be channeled towards payment of arrears of health workers.

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