Reprieve For Sacked Mombasa Medics as County Heads Reverse Decision to Send Them Packing

Sacked Mombasa county Medics can now breathe a sigh of relief after government  lifted termination letters issued for failing to report to work following in line with a return-to-work formula, negotiations with the Kenya Medical Practitioners, Pharmacists, and Dentists Council (KMPDC). 

Confirming in a statement, the Council’s Chief Executive officer Daniel Yumbya on Friday said that the order was lifted after the officials from the Council and the county government held negotiations in a bid to find a resolution on the matter.

“In the spirit of ensuring that there is uninterrupted delivery of health services, the council has through its representatives held discussions with representatives of the County Government of Mombasa who have reliably informed us that negotiations between themselves and KMPDU is well and underway and making good progress,” he said.

Yumbya confirmed that the county government of Mombasa had given its commitment to seek an amicable resolution of issues raised by the affected doctors.

“The county government of Mombasa has given its commitment to achieving an amicable resolution of the issues being raised on immediate assumption od duties by the affected doctors,” the statement read in part.

He added that following the discussions, it was agreed that any doctor who reports to work will not be victimised or face disciplinary action.

“We appeal to the affected doctors to report to work immediately. It is our expectation that the discussions shall be successful and bring a lasting solution to the current issue,” Yumbya added.

Kenya Medical Practitioners, Pharmacists and Dentists Union (KMPDU) Acting Secretary-General Chibanzi Mwachonda was among the 86 doctors who had been axed.

Mombasa County Services Board Chief Executive Officer Jeizan Faruk had asked the the 86 doctors to return county properties in their possession in a letter dated January 6. 

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