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Doctors accuse State of abandoning talks as strike enters week four

A half-empty ward at the Coast Provincial General Hospital as the doctors' strike continues. PHOTO | WACHIRA MWANGI
A half-empty ward at the Coast Provincial General Hospital as the doctors' strike continues. PHOTO | WACHIRA MWANGI 

Doctors have accused the government of abandoning talks to resolve the ongoing strike that has caused loss of tens of lives as it entered its fourth week.

Kenya Medical Practitioners, Pharmacists and Dentists Union (KMPDU) secretary-general Ouma Oluga said yesterday the government “is playing games with the minds of Kenyans” by portraying the doctors’ strike as illegal yet the collective bargaining agreement signed in July 2013 and whose implementation they are demanding was binding.

“It is over a week now and the government has not called us for any meeting,” said Dr Oluga in a telephone interview.

“They (government) are trying to play with the minds of wananchi, but our stand remains and of course the CBA must be implemented before we resume work.”

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