KMPDU threatens mass action if govt fails to post medical interns by July 7: “Occupy MOH”

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KMPDU Threatens Mass Action if Govt Fails to Post Medical Interns By July 7:

  • The Kenya Medical Practitioners, Pharmacists, and Dentists Union (KMPDU) issued five demands, setting a new battle with the Ministry of Health
  • KMPDU Secretary General Davji Atellah said medical interns must be posted before July 7 and be paid as per the 2017 CBA
  • If the government fails to fulfil the five demands, KMPDU vowed to protest at the Ministry of Health headquarters beginning July 8

Amos Khaemba, a journalist at TUKO.co.ke, brings over three years of experience covering politics and current affairs in Kenya.

Nairobi – A fresh battle is looming between the Kenya Medical Practitioners, Pharmacists, and Dentists Union (KMPDU) and the Ministry of Health.

KMPDU members during strike
KMPDU called for the posting of all medical interns. Photo: Simon Maina.
Source: Getty Images

On Thursday, July 4, the medics unveiled plans to hold protests at the Ministry of Health Offices in Upper Hill.

What happens if the Ministry of Health fails to post interns?

KMPDU Secretary General Davji Atella said the union members will stage mass protests on Monday, July 8, if the government fails to address five key issues.

“Based on the RTWF dated May 8th, intern doctors were to collect their posting letters by July 7, 2024. The same was promised to us by Susan Nakhumicha in the presence of the president in the State House. We have therefore decided to occupy the MOH day and night starting on July 8,” Atellah said.

KMPDU raised five issues, including the immediate posting of all medical interns and their payment as per the collective bargaining agreement.

The medics also want the Health Service Commission established and the Linda Mama programme returned.

They further expressed their disapproval of the Social Health Insurance Fund (SHIF), whose registration process kicked off on July 1.

Govt to settle doctors’ 5-year arrears

Meanwhile, after successful negotiations, the government promised to clear the arrears of doctors’ salaries.

State House chief of staff and Head of Public Service Felix Koskei said that both the national and devolved governments committed to clearing the arrears totalling KSh 3.5 billion over five years, starting July 1, 2024.

President William Ruto, considering the importance of medical personnel in upholding the nation’s health system, directed the Treasury and Ministry of Health to settle the arrears within two years.

What you need to know about past strikes by KMPDU

Proofreading by Mercy Nyambura Guthua, journalist and copy editor at TUKO.co.ke

Source: TUKO.co.ke

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