The High Court has suspended the implementation of the Social Health Insurance Fund Act 2023, the Primary Health Care Act 2023 and the Digital Health Act 2023.
This follows a successful appeal made by the Kenya Medical Practitioners, Pharmacists and Dentists Union (KMPDU) who noted that the implementation did not involve the relevant stakeholders.
Already the government through President William Ruto had confirmed that the roll out of the services will begin in January 2024.
The news also comes hours after Health CS Susan Nakhumicha met staff at NHIF where she promised them that their jobs are safe as they transition to SHIF.
“Today I held a town hall meeting at NHIF to interact with the staff and address their concerns on the New Social Health Authority. The discussion focused on ensuring a seamless and smooth transition from NHIF to SHA.
The welfare of the NHIF staff is of utmost priority, including safeguarding their benefits. The Ministry of Health together with all the relevant stakeholders shall ensure that all staff receive fair treatment with right placement and harmonization to ensure equity and equality.” said the CS
The suspension is a relief to Kenyans who are already grappling with the high cost of living and deductions which are affecting their day to day finances and planning.