Monday, July 15, 2024

Doctors strike is politically motivated, says gov’t spokesperson

Government spokesperson Isaac Mwaura now claims that the ongoing doctors strike is politically motivated.

Addressing the media on Thursday at the International Convention Centre (KICC), Mwaura noted that there is no sensible reason why the doctors are on strike when the government has offered them 2.4 billion to end the strike.

He continued by saying that the agenda of the strike by health workers is meant to sabotage the Universal Health Coverage and Social Health Act.

“It only leads to one conclusion that they may be a political motive in sabotaging the Social Health Act and the Universal Health Coverage (UHC)…there’s no other way you can explain that.

We have already given the Ksh.2.4 billion there is money for postgraduate training, we have agreed to negotiate again the CBA” said Mwaura

According to the government spokesperson, out of the 19 issues raised by the doctors, 6 of them are to be dealt with the national government and 9 will be handled by counties with both parties ready to handle them.

“The Kenyan government in collaboration with the county government is committed to the realisation of UHC and will continue to work together with KMPDU to ensure that all stakeholders promote the highest standards of healthcare.” he said

The news comes at a time when the doctors declined the Ksh 2.4 billion offer from the government and instructed the interns not to collect their letters from the Ministry of Health as announced.

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