Further, they are asking the government to hire an additional 4,700 officers and revamp their comprehensive medical cover.

The parties, according to the officials, had agreed on about 90 per cent of the CBA before the negotiations collapsed.

SUMMONS

The union later wrote to the Labour Cabinet secretary, who appointed a conciliator, but the government side refused to honour summons, leading to failure of conciliation, he added.

"There is deliberate collusion between government officials and employers to frustrate the CBA negotiations," added Mr Wachira.

He said their attempts to engage the National Assembly and Senate health committees to settle the matter have hit a dead end. The officials said they will hold an Advisory Council meeting on February 16 and decide on the next course of action.

"We have done several petitions to both employers, with the latest held on January 28, imploring them to reconstitute the negotiations but it’s now clear that they are not willing to act" said Mr Gibore.

Should it come to pass, the strike will be the latest in a series that have denied sick Kenyans services in public hospitals.

In Nakuru County, a nurses’ strike is expected to kick off on February 18 if the county will not have responded to their CBA demands.

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