In Summary
  • County Secretary Karanja Njora said the doctors' complaint about the county's failure to implement a collective bargaining agreement was untrue since 49 doctors were promoted this year and eight others recruited.
  • Regarding payment, Mr Njora noted that doctors in Laikipia are among the highest paid civil servants in the country, earning an entry salary of Sh236,000.
  • Mr Njora further said the government held a meeting with the doctors last week, where it was agreed that they present data or documents to show Laikipia had not fulfilled their demands.

The Laikipia government has accused doctors who went on strike on Tuesday morning of frustrating the health sector and the operations of the two referral hospitals in Nanyuki and Nyahururu.

County Secretary Karanja Njora said their complaint about the county's failure to implement a collective bargaining agreement was untrue since 49 doctors were promoted this year and eight others recruited.

“The promotion of doctors and other staff working for the county government has been ongoing process. It should not be a reason for any of them to boycott work,” said Mr Njora.

PAYMENT

But the doctors, through the Kenya Medical Practitioners, Pharmacists and Dentists Union (KMPPDU), said the reason for the boycott was the government’s failure to respond to issues of placement of specialists in the right job groups.

The union also cited non-payment of arrears arising from delayed promotions.

Regarding this, Mr Njora noted that doctors in Laikipia are among the highest paid civil servants in the country, earning an entry salary of Sh236,000.

He said the highest paid doctor takes home Sh428,000.

“The 131 doctors working for the county account for 30 percent (Sh442 million per annum) of the health wage bill. In addition, 49 of the doctors were promoted in January and eight new ones employed," he said.

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