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Doctors to win big if draft CBA is adopted

By Paul O Ogemba | Published Thu, March 16th 2017 at 00:00, Updated March 16th 2017 at 07:13 GMT +3
Kenya Medical Practitioners and Dentist Union (KMPDU) Chairman Samuel Oroko (right) with the Secretary General Ouma Oluga when they signed the return-to work formula ' agreement. (Photo: Elvis Ogina/Standard)

Doctors will enjoy good working conditions once a new Collective Bargaining Agreement is registered in court.

Under the return-to-work formula signed by doctors, Ministry of Health and Council of Governors to end the 100 day strike, they agreed that a new CBA will be signed within the next 60 days and that the basis of the negotiations will be a draft proposal developed during the strike.

The draft CBA prepared under the leadership of Law Society of Kenya and the Kenya National Commission on Human Rights has attractive provisions for increased basic salary, doctors' rights, employment conditions, leave and disciplinary procedures against doctors.

Although the draft noted a divergent opinion from the Government and Kenya Medical Practitioners, Pharmacists and Dentists Union (KMPDU), they all seemed to agree on several issues captured in the CBA.

Doctors had lowered their basic salary increment demands to between 150 and 180 per cent, while the Government maintained they could only offer 40 per cent.

But the draft has provisions for car loans and house mortgages to be facilitated by national and county government at lower interest rates.

GRANTED LEAVE

The CBA provides that KMPDU officials will have authority to access information held by the Health ministry, right to meet doctors at their place of work and that the officials be granted leave upon request.

On doctors' rights, there was proposal that doctors employed by both national and county governments be promoted based on merit.

"All officers who have served in one grade for more than the designated period shall be promoted while doctors who shall require additional training prior to any promotion shall be facilitated and sponsored to acquire the same in advance," said the draft.

The draft also has provisions for continuous training of doctors under government employment, with the training aligned to realisation of Vision 2030.

In addition, all doctors undertaking post-graduate training in foreign countries would receive their basic salary, house allowance and maintenance allowance so long as the studies are approved by the employer.

On internship, the draft proposes that intern doctors be posted within 30 days after completing studies and that they be paid full salaries for the 12 months duration of internship.

Doctors' working conditions are also to improve where all doctors will work for not more than 40 hours a week, and that any extra hour shall be compensated.

To improve quality of health personnel, the ministry will employ at least 1,200 doctors.


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