Doctors in private hospitals also set to join strike as pay talks collapse

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BY KORIR JUMA,NAIROBI,DEC 8,2016-Doctors in private hospitals are set to join the ongoing nationwide doctors strike to push for better terms. The fresh twist comes hours of the national union of nurses chairman John Bii said talks  between the ministry, the council of governors  and the union  had collapsed. On Thursday  the Kenya medical practitioners ,pharmacists  and dentist union KMPDU   secretary General  Dr Fredrick Oluga announced  that doctors  working in all hospitals in the country ,including in the private hospitals  and those run by religious organizations  will boycott work. In addition the 290 consultants who have been offering emergency services at the country’s largest referral hospital Kenyatta national hospitals will also down their tools.Mr  Oluga said  the lecturers    at Nairobi university medical school  have also joined the strike.He also said the union is yet to receive court order  issued on Wednesday  that ordered the unions official to appear in the labor court next Tuesday.

But  on his side the chairman of the Kenya association of private hospitals  Dr Abdi  Mohamed   said it was not possible to close down private hospitals.

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