Kenyatta National Hospital (KNH) management has dismissed 12 doctors and 48 others are facing disciplinary action for failing to resume to work as ordered by the government. In a statement released by the hospital management, led by CEO Lily Koros, the doctors at the hospital were earlier advised not to take part in the strike, “Kenyatta National Hospital on 3rd December 2016 wrote a memo advising its doctors against taking part in the industrial action by KMPDU,” citing that there was no existing dispute between KNH doctors and the management.
“The KNH doctors were advised against participating in the strike since it was illegal and would be unprotected under the law,” said CEO Lily Koros. The KNH management is currently escalating the disciplinary processes to have the cases determined expeditiously to the full extent provided by the law.
This comes after President Uhuru Kenyatta revealed that the government will not be blackmailed by the doctors’ demands, “We are offering these people more money than what doctors in the private sector receive,” he said, “An intern receives more money than a medical practitioner at Nairobi hospital, Mater hospital, and Aga Khan hospital. They work for only two hours a day in a government hospital only to head to their personal clinics.”
The union officials had suggested that the governors were delaying the agreement, with only signatures required to seal the deal.