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Doctors in Bungoma fail to return to work despite the sack threat

Doctors in Bungoma County have not resumed duty even after the national and county governments threatened to sack them.

A spot check by KNA today revealed that doctors kept off hospitals and dispensaries even after they were threatened to resume work today or be sacked.

Bungoma County Executive member in charge of Health, Stephen Kokonya said out of the 90 doctors in the county only nine interns and 12 who hold managerial positions have been on duty since the strike commenced.

Kokonya called on residents to seek medical attention in the hospitals and health facilities saying other health workers including nurses and clinical officers were offering services.

He said the doctors’ strike is unjustifiable because it has been declared illegal by the industrial and labour court adding that the collective bargaining agreement is non implementable.

He added that the human resource management manual states that payment is not justified if services are not offered and that the county government has a right not to pay the striking doctors.

Kokonya said what doctors are earning at job group L is similar to what other civil servants are earning at job group P and Q.

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