Health sector under siege from SRC, claims Panyako
Nurses and clinicians have claimed that the health sector is under siege from the Sarah Serem-led commission, claiming they are to blame for the ills bedeviling the health sector.
The Kenya Union of Clinical officers (KUCO) and has threatened to call for a nationwide strike on Friday, September 15, over what it termed as failure by the Salaries and Remuneration Commission (SRC) to consult the union while conducting job group evaluations for health officers.
Secretary General George Gibore said that the commission is responsible for the woes facing the health sector in the country. saying that SRC has demoted certain workers in its latest audit of salaries and allowances of the health officers.
“The health sector is under siege from the SRC. The commission is down-grading health workers and is making decisions without consulting stakeholders and on Friday September 15 we will call for a nationwide strike,” Gibore said.
Gibore, who was flanked by Kenya National Union of Nurses Secretary General Seth Panyakoo, said that the audit has classified nurses and clinical officers as semi-skilled and unskilled workers, demoralizing the health workers.
“How can you call someone who can diagnose disease and prescribe medication for you as semi-skilled or unskilled. We want to send a warning to the government that health workers also need an increase of health risk allowance like doctors,” Panyako said.
Panyako also warned that SRC commissioners must vacate office when their term expires in December and urged the winner of the presidential election slated for October 17 to prioritize health when they assume office.
This comes in the wake of a standoff between nurses Union and the government with today being the 99th day that nurses are on strike.
By Tabitha Rotich