Dispute brewing over plan to hire Tanzanian doctors

A standoff is brewing between county health management teams, governors and the national government over a plan to hire Tanzanian doctors.

It’s another blow to health cabinet secretary Cleopa Mailu in her efforts to restore normalcy to public health after a court temporarily blocked the government from hiring foreign doctors.

In a letter to Board of Governors Chairman Peter Munya, Mailu ordered counties to prepare to hire foreign doctors.

However, there are counties, like Isiolo, that turned down local doctors last year, citing financial obstacles.

Fearing reprisals, county leaders said local doctors were struggling to get jobs in county hospitals and they did not understand why it was being made easier for their Tanzanian counterparts.

Doctors are denied jobs

But Mailu denied that claim, saying no Kenyan doctor had been refused a job.

Meanwhile, the counties maintained they would not pay the doctors who took part in the 100-day strike, even though the workers’ union insisted on payment. To complicate matters for doctors, county governments also said they would not pay the 14 days of March wages for those who went on strike.

According to the counties, the Department of Health’s directive against payment was based on a position agreed by doctors and the two levels of government.

County Health Executives Forum chairman Andrew Mulwa said the payment of doctors’ cumulative salaries of around 3.2 billion shillings was unjustifiable and could not be honoured. general,” Mulwa said.

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