CS Moses Kuria reveals plan to end doctors’ strikes, normalise health services

The Cabinet Secretary for Public Service, Performance and Delivery Management, Moses Kuria has said his Ministry is putting in place mechanisms that will have doctors on internship join the public service.

According to Kuria, they will join the public service as Junior doctors.

Kuria was speaking on Friday, March 22 at Kiobwoge Vocational Training Centre in Nyamira county, where he is on a tour of the NYS-VTC Mashinani programme.

At the same time, he has urged doctors to resume duties, following a Labour and Employment court decision staying the nationwide strike.

This follows a meeting held on Thursday March, 21 convened by Head of Public Service Felix Koskei.

The meeting brought together various parties and stakeholders including Cabinet Secretaries, the Council of Governors, Kenya Medical Practitioners and Dentists Union (KMPDU), Salaries and Remuneration Commission (SRC), Public Service Commission (PSC), The Kenya Federation of Employers (FKE) and Central Organisation of Trade Union (COTU-K).

While calling on the doctors to embrace dialogue, Kuria said it was not right for doctors to stop providing emergency services at public hospitals, as they demand for better wages.

The CS was accompanied by his host, Governor Amos Nyaribo, West Mugirango MP, Stephen Mogaka, County Commissioner Erastus Mbui, among other local leaders.

Kuria said the partnership between the county government and national government through the NYS will see the VTCs upgraded and equipped to offer courses up to diploma level.

The rebranded NYS-VTC MASHINANI will also benefit from NYS instructors.

The CS said the Ministry of Education will integrate and harmonise the curriculum of VTCs, NYS and TVETS.

Doctors have downed their tools across the country, paralysing services at public hospitals.

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