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​Elgeyo Marakwet County Government initiates disciplinary procedures against striking nurses

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Elgeyo Marakwet County Government has initiated disciplinary procedures against striking nurses in the County. 

Over 380 nurses in the County are on strike with their colleagues across the country where the health workers are demanding the signing and implementation of a Collective Bargaining Agreement  (CBO) that will see them get better pay.

The begin of disciplinary action followed a directive in a letter from the Council of Governors (CoG) written to all the county bosses on July 31 asking them to advertise positions held by any nurses in their regions who did not report for duty by last Friday September 9.

Deputy Governor Wesley Rotich speaking to members of the press on Monday said nurses have not reported to work at several health facilities in the county.

“We have established the situation is bad, it is not our wish to initiate disciplinary procedures against our nurses but patients have suffered and we can’t operate without nurses,” he added. 

The deputy county boss said that they have been forced to recruit volunteer nurses to help patients in critical conditions.

Kenya National Union on Nurses – Elgeyo Marakwet Branch Secretary Benson Biwott accused the County Government of hiring inexperienced nurses. 

“County picked nurses fresh from college in the name of volunteer nurses. The volunteers are now messing up operations because experienced nurses are not on duty to guide them.” he said. 

However, Deputy Governor Wisley Rotich disputed the claims by nurses’ union official that those recruited are not qualified.

“We cannot jeopardize the lives of our people by hiring quacks, we are using experienced nurses who are volunteers, the County Government has not hired any medical staff,” he said.

The striking nurses have vowed to ignore show cause letters issued by the county administration and have said they will not be intimidated nor forced to return to work.

“We will not end this strike, with or without show cause letters. It will only end when our CBA is signed and implemented,” said Biwott.

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