Council of Governors terms doctors salary demands unrealistic

By George Kithuka

The council of governors has maintained that the pay increment demands by doctors was unrealistic.

Council chairman who also doubles up as Meru Governor Peter Munya however says the pay hike can only be realized in a phased out manner, and is urged striking doctors to consider what the government is offering and resume duty.

For more than one month now, doctors in public hospitals countrywide have been on strike demanding a pay hike by 300% as per the 2013 collective bargaining agreement with the government.

The intervention by the head of state Uhuru Kenyatta has not persuaded the striking doctors to change their stand.

Munya now wants doctors to accept the 40% pay hike offered by the government that would see the lowest paid doctor take home 196,000 up from the current 140,000 and resume duty, as both levels of government work out modalities of effecting the pay.

For now though, it remains to be seen whether a white smoke would emerge from the treasury later when the meeting between KMPDU and government officials ends.

  

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