Kenya ends doctor strike after 56 days, deal details unclear

Kenya’s grueling two-month doctors’ strike has finally come to an end after the government signed an agreement with the Kenya Medical Practitioners, Pharmacists and Dentists Union (KMPDU) on Wednesday.

The strike, which began in mid-March, left thousands of patients struggling to access medical care.

Details of the agreement remain undisclosed, but it signifies a resolution to the central issue of salary disputes.

Talks had previously reached a stalemate due to the government’s refusal to honor a 2017 agreement that stipulated higher pay for medical interns.

President William Ruto’s administration deemed the 206,000 Kenyan shilling ($1,530) monthly stipend for interns “unsustainable,” offering a significantly lower counterproposal of $530.

However, the 7,000 striking doctors remained resolute, refusing to return to negotiations unless the previously agreed pay level was reinstated.

This incident reflects a recurring pattern of labor disputes surrounding working conditions in Kenya’s public healthcare system.

These strikes often result in patient suffering and a concerning exodus of Kenyan medical professionals seeking opportunities abroad.

The current resolution brings a sigh of relief after the devastating 100-day doctors’ strike of 2017.

That walkout, which ultimately led to a collective bargaining agreement, forced public hospitals to shut down and caused numerous deaths due to lack of treatment.

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