COURT INDULGES DOCTORS JAIL TERM.

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Kenya Medical Practitioners and Dentists Union Secretary General Puma Plugs (right) and National chair Oroko Samuel leaving employment and labour relation Court on Thursday January 26 ,2016 (PHOTO BY SAM).

BY SAM ALFAN.

Doctors can breathe a sigh of relief for now following a court decision giving them an allowance of five more days, however poor Kenyans continue to feel the blunt.

The court suspended the sentencing of Doctors Union leaders to give time for further negotiations to end the strike.

Employment and Labour Relations Court Judge Hellen Wasilwa on Thursday also ordered the Kenya Medical Practitioners and Dentists Union to continue talks with the government.

“I will take time and review the orders and I will suspend the orders for [the period] which will expire on January 31,” said Wasilwa.

The development came as the strike entered its 53rd day, with patients from poor backgrounds bearing the brunt of the crisis.

The doctors are demanding full implementation of the Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) they signed with the government in 2013.

KMPDU officials had appeared before Judge Wasilwa to give an update of the ongoing negotiations on increased pay talks with the Health ministry.

The union has filed an application seeking to extend the negotiations period, arguing that they are looking forward to an amicably settlement.

Samuel Oroko Oregi, Titus Ondoro, Allan Ochanji, Fredrick Ouma Oluga, Hamisi Mwachonda Chibanzi, Daisy Korir and Evelyne Chege also wanted to know their fate after the judge threatened to arrest and lock them up for violating orders of the court.

The Kenya Medical Practitioners, Pharmacists and Dentists Union (KMPDU) officials have five days to call off the ongoing strike or serve a one month jail.
This is even as the Union officials insist that they will not go back to work until the CBA 2013 is implemented.
However the doctor’s official who got the reprieve say that they are ready to be jailed adding that the CBA 2013 has to be implemented for them to go back to work.
The doctors through their secretary general Ouma Oluga blaming Health Cabinet secretary Cleophas Mailu and the courts  for frustrating them during the negotiations.
Meanwhile the council of governors want doctors to loosen their stand and negotiate their CBA after resuming services saying that Kenyans are suffering.

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