Coast private doctors to shut down private clinics

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By KBC Reporters

Private Doctors Association Coast branch members have vowed to shut down private clinics effective Wednesday midnight until the seven Kenya Medical Practitioners and Dentists Union (KMPDU) jailed officials are released unconditionally.

The doctors are also threatening to marshal their colleagues serving in other private health clinics to withdraw their services until their grievances are fully addressed.

KMPDU Coast Branch members have also vowed to stand in solidarity with their jailed colleagues.

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Led by Branch Secretary General Dr. Abidan Mwachi, they also vowed to ensure they do all within their powers to rope in more health practitioners, including those serving in private health facilities.

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They spoke on a day that Health Cabinet Secretary Dr. Cleopa Mailu was summoned by the Senate’s Health committee to put into perspective the status of the failed mediation process that was led by the Central Organization of Trade Union (COTU).

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Meanwhile, the Kenya Medical Association has revoked the membership of Health CS Dr. Cleopa Mailu and PS Muraguri after yesterdays’ jailing of KMPDU officials.

The association says no negotiations will take place until the seven doctors are released from jail.  It has also directed its members not to offer services for 48 hours effective midnight Wednesday  and await further instructions should the doctors remain in jail at the expiry of the period

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The association says Mailu and Muraguri are the main obstacle in the CBA negotiations.

Various stakeholders in the health sector continue to express mixed feelings over the decision by Justice Hellen Wasilwa of the Employment and Labour Relations Court to jail the seven KMPDU officials, with fears that the decision may aggravate further the crisis in the health sector.

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