Uhuru Kenyatta offers doctors hefty pay rise

But the medics stay put

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Doctors demonstrate in Mombasa. PHOTO: LABAN WALLOGA/NMG

In an effort to return normalcy to the health sector following a persistent medics’ strike, the government has offered doctors a pay rise.

Noting the important role played by doctors in public life, State House spokesperson Manoah Esipisu said on Wednesday, January 4, that the offer was made in the same spirit.

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According to him, the government was committed to far-reaching reforms aimed at resolving challenges in the health sector.

This comes even as doctors continue with their strike which entered its second month, as they continue to push for the implementation of the 2013 CBA, through which they would get a 300 per cent pay rise.

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Among issues the medics want addressed is their working conditions, job structures and the methodology used for promotions as well as increased staff in the sector.

In a nutshell, the government offered to:

– Raise the entry level grade into the public service for doctors to Job Group “M” from Job Group “L”. This is higher than the normal entry level for other public servants and recognizes doctors’ professional training

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– Raise the Enhanced Emergency Call allowance as follows:

– Increase to Sh66,000 from the current Sh30,000 for Job Group L – an increase of more than 100 per cent.

– Increase to Sh72,000 from Sh30,000 for Job Groups M-P — also an increase of much more than 100 per cent

– Increase to Sh80,000 from Sh30,000 for Job Groups Q and above

But it doesn’t end there as the Government also introduced a new Doctors’ Risk allowance that will see them pocket an extra Sh10,000 per month.

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This therefore means that the government is proposing to raise the minimum gross salary for doctors from the current Sh140,244 to Sh196,989. This will raise its spending by Sh4 billion.

KMPDU Secretary General Ouma Oluga however noted a deal had not been reached, that the union shall meet to discuss the new developments on Friday, December 6.

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