Nurses urged to negotiate as strike enters ninth day

Striking nurses have been asked to give negotiations a chance to prevent more suffering of people in need of medical attention as their countrywide strike entered the ninth day today. Speaking in Chuka, the chairman of the Kenya health workers and practitioners welfare society, Lawrence Lore, said although the nurses’ rights had been ignored by both the national and county governments it was necessary to take care of the innocent patients whose lives they had sworn to protect. He called upon the government to honor the CBA it had agreed with the nurses’ union for them to go back to work. Lore said risk and call allowances should be paid to all those working in the medical profession because they were all exposed to risks. The nurses have withdrawn services to push for the signing and implementation of their CBA by the Council of Governors and the Salaries and Remuneration commission –SRC. The SRC chair, Sarah Serem, has disowned the CBA, saying governors sidestepped her advice on the nurses’ demands.