Reprieve for four suspended KNH staff as Board reinstates them back to work

Reprieve for four suspended KNH staff as Board reinstates them back to work

BY KORIR JUMA,NAIROBI,8TH MARCH 2018-Four staff at kenyatta national hospital implicated in a recent botched brain surgery who were sent on compulsory leave have been reinstated back.The decision was made on Thursday following KNH board’s meeting with Health Cabinet Secretary Sicily Kariuki and Kenya Medical Practitioners and Dentists Board (KMPDB).

According to the hospital board chairman Mark Bor ,the hospital’s board  had left investigations into the blunder  which saw the skull of a wrong patient opened, to the Kenya Medical Practitioners and Dentists Board.

“Effective immediately, the board will not longer engage in any disciplinary matters as we will leave it to the KMPDB,” said Mr Mark Bor, chairman of the KNH board.

The hospital had sent home a register surgeon, anaesthetist and two nurses following public outcry and pressure from leaders.

CS Kariuki and KNH board members address the press on March 8,2018-COURTESY

On his part the Kenya Medical Practitioners and Dentists Board (KMPDB) Chairman George Magoha says that it will now institute investigations into the incident within the next seven days.

“The constitution demands that you must be heard. I would want to plead to my colleagues and my students as a matter of fact to come back to work in good faith including the ones that have been suspended because after the inquiry, due process must be followed. We are not accusing anybody or exonerating anybody. We just want to go back to work,” he stated.

The Health CS on the other had directed the KNH Board to deliver a preliminary report on the matter by Friday.

“I wish to emphasize the need for all actors involved in this matter to move with speed to bring this matter to closure. We all agree that normalcy in the sector is critical. We all agree that Kenyans deserve access to medical care,” she stated. She has directed that two reports from both boards should be delivered to her office.

“Tomorrow, I expected a preliminary report from the board of the Kenyatta National Hospital following the directive issued last Friday at the institution. I also expected the second report of the findings by the Medical Practitioners Board seven days from today to allow them to go deep into the matter and within the law,” she stated.


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