Nurses Call for Dialogue to Break Deadlock
Nurses in Kakamega County have called on the Ministry of Health (MoH) and the top officials the Council of Governors (CoG) to meet with their union officials to resolve the Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) stalemate.
Demonstrating through Kakamega town streets the nurses said contrary to the claim by the CoG that it would take Sh. 40 billion to implement the contentious CBA, only Sh. 7.5 billion was required.
Kenya National Union of Nurses (KNUN) local branch Secretary Mr. Renson Bulunya also called for employment of more nurses to improve the nurse-patient ratio from the current 1:42 to 1:6 for quality service provision.
The trade unionist claimed there is lack of political good will to find a way out of the deadlock and appealed to the Health ministry to consider the plight of the poor who have lacked the services for over a month now.
He maintained that the CBA has to be ratified the way it is and registered in a labour court before the medics could resume work.
By Sammy Mwibanda