Wednesday, 15 March 2017

Kenyan doctors agree to end a 100-day strike

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Thousands of doctors working in Kenya's public hospitals have agreed to end a 100-day strike after reaching a deal with the government that aims to address their grievances.
Secretary-general of the Kenya Medical Practitioners, Pharmacists and Dentists Union, Dr Ouma Oluga said the government and union officials signed a deal to address pay and other issues in dispute.
Mr. Oluga said the biggest achievement in the agreement is that doctors now will work just 40 hours a week and will be compensated for extra hours unlike  Previously when doctors in public hospitals were on call at all times.
Kenya's public doctors, who train for six years at universities, earn a basic salary of just $400-$850 a month.
More than 5,000 health workers calling for nearly a 300 percent hike in pay went on strike in December, but it was not clear how much of their demands were accepted.

Dozens of people died during the strike as the majority of Kenyans cannot afford private health care.
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