Doctors’ strike is perfect chance to redesign Kenya’s healthcare system

Workers’ strikes aren’t always about the money. The 5,000 doctors, who walked off the job in December 2016, in fact sought to save lives, and their leaders were jailed for demanding high quality healthcare that citizens deserve.

Last week, negotiations broke down again and doctors were given an ultimatum to resume work or face dismissal.

The controversial collective bargaining agreement (CBA) signed in 2013 between the Kenyan Medical Practitioners Pharmacists and Dentists Union (KMPDU) and the government proposes more than just a pay increase. It proposes a series of improvements which would lead to better health services for all Kenyans.

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