Nurses Union officials call for disbandment of NHIF board

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KNUN leaders have called for the disbandment of the NHIF board
KNUN leaders have called for the disbandment of the NHIF board
Kenya national union of nurses(KNUN) has extended the strike notice they had set to 5th February 2019 in an effort to allow further negotiations between the union and the salaries and remuneration committee (SRC) that they say are not willing to increase nurses’ pay.

Speaking in Kakamega, the union’s national secretary general Seth Panyako and his vice Maurice Opetu have blamed SRC for being reluctant to increase the nurses wages despite both the national and County governments’ willingness to do so.

They have given the commission up to February 5th 2019 to allow the two governments increase their pay failure to which they will down their tools.

The two have said that they have chosen to consider the common mwananchi’s health first considering that the government is by their side and allow the commission more time to deliberate on their needs.
KNUN has further called upon the Health CS Sicily Kariuki to disband the NHIF board over corruption.

The KNUN secretary general Seth Panyako and his vice Maurice Opetu have called upon the CS to act with speed and disband the board which they claim has for a long time denied justice to those who contribute through it.

Panyako says that the fund has for along time been operating outside the law stealing from contributors who end up suffering when need arises.

He termed the idea of capitation as an illegal way of stealing from the contributors, adding that the board should ensure that contributor’s get funded for the services they seek at the hospital and not allocating a meager amount to contributors on a yearly basis and call it capitation.

He says that the union supports the government’s initiative in the fight against corruption in the board calling upon the minister in charge to disband it with immediate effect.