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State and doctors should strike deal without delay

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By Peter Wafula | January 20th 2017

The standoff between the Government and doctors is turning out to be a nightmare to most Kenyans with each passing day.

The agony many Kenyans have gone through — helplessly watching their loved ones take their last breath — should be reason enough for both parties to end the stalemate.

It even worries much when both the Government and doctors take to the media their purported frustration with each other.

In the recent past, we have seen both the Ministry of Health and doctors union in paid up adverts in print media accusing each other of frustrating the negotiations.

It is important for both parties to realise that the least the public needs at the moment is for them to prosecute their case and grievances against each other in the court of public opinion.

They need to stick to the negotiation table and strike a deal to enable Kenyans access affordable health care as soon as possible. Any further grandstanding and tinkering is of grave concern to Kenyans.

As a legitimate Government, Jubilee administration has a solemn duty and responsibility to ensure health care sector does not collapse. The much touted CBA agreement between the Government and doctors union needs to be implemented.

This is so because, all that comes out of the Government argument is not denial of the signed agreement but rather it is expensive to implement.

If the CBA was signed by persons outside Government, they should be arrested for impersonation. Using courts of law to rubbish a mutually agreed deal on technicalities is in itself a show of dishonesty.

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