How doctors are winning the moral war waged against them by government

Today marks 43 days since doctors downed their tools demanding better working conditions. Among the key issues in the contested 2013 Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) was a 300% pay hike that would see the lowest paid doctor earning a salary of Ksh. 342,000.

With the clarion call of #LipaKamaTender, the government would brand the striking doctors as greedy opportunists who care little about the suffering of patients.

Just what is in the CBA

With the government’s insistence on portraying the doctors as insensitive, they have moved forward to explain to Kenyans why they are on the streets and not in hospitals and how a full implementation of the CBA will benefit them. The clarion call too changed from #LipaKamaTender to #MyBadDoctorExperience.

 

The statements are mainly focusing on the working conditions that the doctors want improved so that they can give better service to Kenyans.

 

At times this involved directly challenging the president’s priorities and his efforts in curbing pillage of public resources.

A court ruling has declared the strike illegal and a warrant of arrest has been issued against the doctors’ union leaders, but it remains to be seen whether threats will take the doctors back to the hospitals where they will be expected to perform miracles in under-staffed and ill equipped facilities.

 

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