Medics threaten to strike over dissent between counties, State over UHC
Universal Health Care (UHC) staff have threatened to down their tools if their employment disputes between the County and the National Government are not resolved.
Led by the Secretary General of Kenya National Union of Pharmaceutical Technologists, Mutuma E. Irura, the medical staff said there is a lack of standardisation in counties and the government has continued to plan for training of workers without proper plans for employment and absorption.
He added that the situation has left over 8,000 UHC staff struggling since May 2023 which has greatly jeopardised their productivity as the Ministry of Health has failed to give proper policy directions to the county government.
They accused the Council of Governors of disowning the UHC staff saying the chair has continued to make a mockery to healthcare workers.
“We do also refer to PSC chair submission to the senate standing health committee on 20th Tuesday June 2023, the commission extended the contract for UHC for one year as an interim measure pending consultation on conversion to permanent and pensionable”, Mutuma said.
They are now calling on the National and County governments for assistance.
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