Embu private hospitals form an association to fight for what they term as oppression by County gov't

Embu County private hospitals form an association to fight for what they term as oppression by the County government in terms of payment of operational licenses and other levies.

Robert Njagi the Chief executive officer at County Medical hospital in Embu says they will not pay single business permits charged by the county government of Embu saying they are exempted as professional by the constitution.

Speaking in Embu after a consultative forum by private hospitals Njagi said they will not pay the licences and will be headed to the top court to seek redress.

The hospitals decried harassment by the county government enforcement officials to the extent of chasing ambulances for having brand names despite paying the same for their health facilities.

They say hospitals in Embu are overcharged more than any business premise including bars and hotels that do not offer essential services.

They also appealed to the county government to allocate funds for emergencies that are carried out by private hospitals and especially when the health workers in the public hospitals go on strike as the private hospital are left vulnerable.

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