KNH recalls suspended staff, urges end of strike

Bernard Gitau @benagitau

Kenyatta National Hospital (KNH) board has withdrawn suspension letters of a registrar doctor and three other medical staff who were involved in a brain surgery mishap last week. Chairman Mark Bor also appealed to the more than 700 registrars to end their strike and resume work immediately.

However, the Kenya Medical Practitioners and Dentist Union (KMPDU) insisted the industrial action is still on. The decision to withdraw the letters was arrived at after a joint meeting between Health Cabinet secretary Sicily Kariuki, Kenya Medical Pharmacists and Dentists Board (KMPDB) chair George Magoha and Bor.

The fate of the hospital CEO Lily Koros remained unknown after CS Kariuki kept off the matter. “We have withdrawn the suspension letters to give room for KMPDB to conclude investigations as the regulator,” said Bor.

KMPDU chair Samuel Oroko said the registrars’ strike remains in place because the government has failed to honour the doctor-lecturers’ part of the bargain. “The registrars went on strike because the doctors-lecturers who are their supervisors are on strike,” he said.

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