Doctors issue governors ultimatum on healthcare
Doctors in the country have listed demands they want the new governors to focus on in order to address the plight of healthcare workers.
The move they said will help boost the morale of health staff in the counties to render quality services to patients.
Subsequently, Kenya Medical Practitioners Dentist Union (KMPDU) Secretary General, Davji Bhimji asked the governors to appoint task forces where doctors and other health workers will be represented. “As KMPDU we wish to reiterate we are hopeful you will engage professionally and objectively in good faith for industrial harmony and better health service to our people,” he said in a statement.
In view of the ongoing head counts by the new County governments - to weed out ghost workers- Bhimji said it is a commendable move. “But we ask you to structure this to include a proper audit and a plan to fill identified gaps especially in health which we know has acute staff shortages,” he said.
The doctors demanded that even as the governors conduct the head counts, they should be careful not to replace the ghost workers with their own. “We hope you will not be part of this, because it will only leave a ballooned wage bills,” he said.
The doctors also called on the governors to make those county hospitals their first point of call when ill and not run for health covers or to the city.