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KMPDU and Embu County reach agreement, end doctors’ strike

The Kenya Medical Practitioners, Pharmacists, and Dentists Union (KMPDU) have negotiated a return-to-work formula with the Embu County government, bringing an end to the recent strike staged by doctors in the devolved unit.

Following the issuance of a 21-day strike notice on December 21, 2023, which expired on January 9, 2024, the doctors commenced their strike the following day.

However, a meeting chaired by Embu County Governor Cecily Mbarire on January 11, 2024, initiated discussions to resolve the impasse.

During the meeting, a bi-partisan team was formed to address the concerns raised by the medical practitioners and facilitate negotiations for a comprehensive return-to-work formula.

Senior officials from KMPDU, led by National Secretary General Dr. Davji Atellah, and representatives of the Embu County government reconvened on Wednesday to review and endorse the proposed formula presented by the bi-partisan team.

Key agreements reached include the adoption of the signed bi-partisan committee report as an integral part of the return-to-work formula.

Additionally, the parties committed to resolving all pending disciplinary matters within six months of their initiation.

To formalize the agreement, the bi-partisan committee report and the return-to-work formula will be deposited in court on January 22, 2024, with the subsequent withdrawal of the legal dispute initiated by the Embu County government.

The signed agreement further guarantees that doctors who participated in the strike will not face any form of victimization. As a result, the industrial action concludes immediately.

Governor Mbarire expressed her commitment to optimizing the quality of healthcare services in Embu County. She emphasized a focus on continuous improvement and efficiency to enhance the overall healthcare experience for the people of Embu.

“Our unwavering commitment is directed towards optimizing the quality of services provided at our health facilities, striving to ensure that they consistently meet the highest standards,” said Governor Mbarire.

“Through a dedicated focus on continuous improvement and efficiency, we aim to enhance the overall healthcare experience for our people, reinforcing our dedication to the well-being of Embu people.”

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