20 Mar 2017, Petia Krasteva, EMIS Editor
Kenyan doctors end 100-day strike as government agrees to raise allowances
The strike started on December 5 2016 as the doctors wanted to force government implement a 2013 agreement to raise their salaries by 70 to 200%. They also protested poor conditions and old equipment in country’s hospitals. The strike affected some 6,000 state hospitals and international media reported that a number of patients have died from a lack of medical care during the walkout.
The unions and the government will now negotiate a new Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA). The government also agreed to bring in 500 doctors from Tanzania to fill a shortage of skilled doctors and help reduce the patient-to-doctors ratio in the Kenyan hospitals.
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