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Doctors sign return to work formula, ends strike

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Doctors have signed a return to work formula with government effectively ending 55 days strike.

The agreement was reached after prolonged discussions involving the Kenya Medical Practitioners, Pharmacists, and Dentists Union (KMPDU), all healthcare workers, and various stakeholders.

Speaking after signing of the agreement, Health Cabinet Secretary Susan Nakhumicha expressed gratitude to all parties involved in the negotiations, acknowledging the tireless efforts of Ministry of Health staff, Principal Secretaries, technical officers, and the Whole-of-Nation approach committee led by Head of Public Service Felix Koskei.

The Cabinet Secretary also commended the Industrial and Labour Relations court for its crucial role in facilitating the resolution.

While recognising the hardships endured by patients and families during the strike, the CS lauded the dedication of healthcare professionals who remained committed to their duties amid the challenging circumstances.

She applauded the resilience of doctors, nurses, and community health promoters for their unwavering service, especially during the current flooding crisis affecting the nation.

CS Nakhumicha further emphasized the importance of implementing sustainable solutions to longstanding challenges in the healthcare sector.

As part of the resolution, plans are underway to review staffing norms and standards, enhance HRH coordination through the Kenyan Health Human Resource Advisory Council, and establish an intergovernmental task force to address unresolved issues.

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