Doctor’s Strike End After 56 Days

After 54 days of intense negotiations, Health Cabinet Secretary Nakhumicha S. Wafula on May 8, 2024, declared an end to the nationwide doctors’ strike.

The agreement, reached after prolonged discussions involving the Kenya Medical Practitioners, Pharmacists, and Dentists Union (KMPDU), all healthcare workers, and various stakeholders, signals relief for the nation’s healthcare sector.

Speaking from the Office of the Cabinet Secretary, Nakhumicha expressed gratitude to all parties involved in the negotiations, acknowledging the tireless efforts of Ministry of Health staff, Principal Secretaries, technical officers, and the Whole-of-Nation approach committee led by Head of Public Service Felix Koskei.

The Cabinet Secretary also commended the Industrial and Labour Relations Court for its crucial role in facilitating the resolution.

Health CS Susan Nakhumicha Wafula signing the return-to-wok formula with doctors
Health CS Susan Nakhumicha Wafula on May 8, 2024. Photo/Ministry of Health.

While recognizing the hardships endured by patients and families during the strike, the CS lauded the dedication of healthcare professionals who remained committed to their duties amid the challenging circumstances.

Notably, she applauded the resilience of doctors, nurses, and community health promoters for their unwavering service, especially during the current flooding crisis affecting the nation.

Addressing the underlying systemic issues that precipitated the strike, Nakhumicha emphasized the importance of implementing sustainable solutions to longstanding challenges in the healthcare sector.

As part of the resolution, plans are underway to review staffing norms and standards, enhance HRH coordination through the Kenyan Health Human Resource Advisory Council, and establish an intergovernmental task force to address unresolved issues.

Health practitioners union leaders
Health practitioners union leaders during the announcement of an end of the doctor’s strike on May 8, ,2024. Photo/Ministry of Health.

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