Tuesday, June 18, 2024

Dr Davji Bhimji Atellah: Our strike is painful to patients but necessary for our rights

As the doctors strike enters day 36, KMPDU Secretary General Dr Davji Bhimji Atellah has penned a piece arguing why Kenya  doctors must continue with their strike until their rights are honoured. Here’s what Dr Atellah says:

The current impasse between healthcare workers and both the National and County governments is a distressing situation that demands urgent attention.

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The crux of the matter lies in the 2017 collective bargaining agreement, which remains unimplemented despite repeated appeals and negotiations.

As healthcare professionals, our primary concern is the welfare of our patients. However, the government’s reluctance to honor the terms of the CBA undermines our ability to fulfill our duties effectively.

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It is disheartening to witness the government’s disregard for our legitimate demands, which are essential for ensuring fair compensation, adequate working conditions, and ultimately, the provision of quality healthcare services to all Kenyans.

Our decision to continue the strike is not taken lightly. It is a reflection of our unwavering commitment to advocating for our rights and the rights of our patients.

We cannot, in good conscience, return to work under conditions that compromise our ability to deliver the standard of care that every Kenyan deserves.

Until the government demonstrates a genuine willingness to engage in meaningful dialogue and fulfill its obligations under the CBA, we will persist in our strike action.

The plight of Kenyans who rely on our services weighs heavily on our minds. We understand the hardships they face as a result of the ongoing strike, and we empathize with their frustration and concern.

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However, we firmly believe that our actions are necessary to effect positive change within the healthcare system and secure a better future for all.

The health and well-being of Kenyans are at stake, and we cannot afford to stand idly by while our profession and our patients suffer.

This piece was written by the Kenya Medical Practitioners Pharmacists and Dentists Union (KMPDU) Secretary General Dr Davji Bhimji Atellah.

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