Health ministry, governors to contract nurses as strike bites

Written By: Margaret Kalekye/Purity Museo
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The government is now warning that those nurses who will be fired for taking part in the strike will not get back their jobs.

In a strong worded statement the ministry of health and council of governors say measures have been put in place to ensure nurses who will be dismissed will have their case closed.

The two bodies maintained their commitment to the conciliatory talks to resolve the impasse but only if the strike is first called off.

The two sides have embarked on remedial stop-gap measures to mitigate the impact of the strike including offering new contracts to ensure continued services to the people.

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“It is hereby reiterated that the defiant nurses at both levels of Government will face disciplinary action in accordance with existing government regulations. In addition, mechanisms will be put in place to ensure that dismissed officers are not re-hired at any level of Government” reads the statement.

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At the same time they plan to amend the law to give them the leeway to hire medical personnel on contract in emergency situations.

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“In the medium term period there is need to amend existing laws to provide recruitment of medical personnel on contract in emergency situations” it explained

The statement also cautioned counties that have illegally paid allowances to the striking nurses to be guided by the office of the controller of budgets and constitutional created offices such as SRC saying those who signed the return to work formula should ensure it has no financial implication.

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As regards the submission of statutory and third party remittances including loans and union dues, which has been a subject to controversy, the government says it remains committed to submitting the dues in accordance with existing laws.

However, nurses are defiant, maintaining that the work boycott continues until their demands are met.

The court has already ordered union officials to appear in court on the 26th of this month to answer to contempt of court charges.

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