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BY NAMULONGO PETER/CORREPONDENTS,6TH JUNE,2017-Nurses strike entered second day Tuesday 6TH June with Patients being tuned away at various health facilities across the country . Spot check by upesinews.co.ke in various hospitals in the counties has found that patients were stranded on where to seek medical services as operations in public hospitals remained paralyzed .A number of patients had to be discharged from various hospitals while some were stranded in the wards for having outstanding bills.
Those stranded in wards were however not able to receive medical services as nurses kept away from the facilities. At the Rift Valley Provincial General Hospital, even desperate patients who had travelled from far were told to return home to seek services in private facilities.
A section of patients in wards remained unattended to, The situation was not different Mombasa,Garrisa, Tana river and Kericho to name just but a few.
Only patients who managed to clear medical bills were discharged. The Kenya National Nurses Union (KNNU) Nakuru branch general secretary Syprine Odera told journalists the strike is still on, till they receive communication from national union representatives. “Nurses are ready to report back at their works stations, but only after the CBA is signed, and the strike cancelled from national union leaders,” said Odera. Medical services in hospitals and health centers will be paralyzed beginning Wednesday as nearly 400 nurses in Bomet are set to join the nationwide strike.
Kenya National Union of Nurses Bomet branch Secretary Bernard Cheruiyot said all its members will boycott duty to demand implementation of an agreement with the county government of Bomet and the Collective bargaining agreement with the national government.
“We are in solidarity with our colleagues’ country wide but also we will be pressing for the implementation on of a 12.5 per cent pay rise we entered as a union with the county government of Bomet,” Cheruiyot spoke to upesinews.co.ke reporter. He said nurses will not turn up for work warning the county government against intimidating the members from exercising their rights to picket. Cheruiyot said the KNUN members will assemble in Bomet town for a street protest that will mark the beginning of a boycott until their demands are met.
Nurses are asking for implementation of a collective bargaining agreement which was signed between council of governors,the Kenya National union of Nurses and the National government that awarded them allowances which they say has not been honored.