By Juney Karissa
The government has expressed frustrations with the doctors’ union officials over the 2013 pay hike demands.
Health Cabinet Secretary Dr. Cleopa Mailu has accused the officials of rejecting an improved pay package that was offered by the government Tuesday morning. Under the improved offer, the lowest paid doctor in job group M would take home 196,989 as opposed to the previous offer of 127,910 under a lower job group L.
The officials are said to have left the meeting in a huff and promised to give their response to the offer on Friday.
Mailu said he had met with the officials and agreed to the new proposal which they had promised to share with their members.
“We have done everything possible in agreeing to demands of doctors . We will be in talks with county governments, to ensure Kenyans continue to get services” the CS said.
Mailu says he was hopeful for a breakthrough after 8 weeks of back and forth only to be disappointed by the change of tune by the officials.
“Doctors walked out of the meeting today but they are to respond to the new offer on Friday. It is unfortunate doctors withdrew their services even as we held talks” he said.
Under the new improved package in comparison to the doctors demands stipulated in the 2013 CBA, a doctor in the lowest job group M was to receive house allowance of 28,000 as opposed to 30,000, doctors allowance of 66,000 a hike from 30,000 on the CBA, commuter allowance of 6,000 opposed to 20,000, Risk allowance of 10,000 opposed to 60,000 on the CBA, and extraneous allowance of 30,000 from 60,000 demanded by the doctors .
But the doctors are accusing the CS of trying to ambush them with a new offer which does not contain their input.
The officials say they will submit themselves to jail after the talks seemed to have hit a dead end.
Addressing over 500 medics gathered in Nairobi, the union officials said they have explored all available avenues in vain.
Meanwhile, Medicine students from University of Nairobi have called on the government and doctors to urgently resolve the ongoing strike since it’s likely to delay their forthcoming graduation.