Nurses strike enters 5th day

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By Brenda Czeda

It is a near paralysis in the country’s public hospitals as the effects of the ongoing nurses strike which entered its fifth day continues to be felt.

The Kenya National Union of Nurses (KNUN) maintains that it will not make concessions amid mounting pressure on the antagonists in the stalemate to resolve the impasse.

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A meeting scheduled for Thursday between the KNUN officials and the Cabinet Secretary in charge of Labour Phyllis Kandie failed to kick off.

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The union insists that nurses have the good will of stakeholders and are committed to resolving the ongoing crisis.

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Many patients have now opted to seeking medical services at private facilities overstretching the limited resources at the facilities.

The Council of Governors has since declared the strike illegal accusing nurses of acting in complete disregard of industrial relations laws.

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Councils chair Josephat Nanok says the union only had individual recognition deals with counties but had not registered a dispute with the council or issued a strike notice. This amid calls by

Stakeholders call nurses to resume duty and end the suffering of patients.

 

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