160 jobless Tanzanian doctors to begin work in Kenyan hospitals from next week

KMPDU has written to the Medical Association of Tanzania (MAT), urging it to delay the deployment of its members to Kenya by at least two months.

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As at Tuesday (yesterday) over 160 Tanzanian doctors had signed up for Kenya jobs, and the number is growing, putting the Kenyan unemployed medics, which Education CS Fred Matiang’i downplayed their existence, at the cross roads.

Kenyan’s doctors’ union, Kenya Medical Practitioners Dentists and Pharmacists Union (KMPDU) has now written to the Medical Association of Tanzania (MAT), asking it to delay the deployment of its members to Kenya by at least two months.

"Please note, it would have been appropriate for Tanzania doctors to wait for a Collective Bargaining Agreement signed to be fully implemented within the agreed time before the contracts take effect," KMPDU says in its letter.

The two months grace period, the union says, would be ideal for the implementation of a newly signed return to work formula, which ended the 100-day-long strike.

Currently, the union is pushing the adamant Ministry of Health and County Governments, to immediately put to use their Collective Bargaining Agreement and the Return-to-Work-Formula they inked early this month, just before granting Tanzanian medics two-three-year contracts.

According to the deal brokered between Health CS Cleopa Mailu and Tanzanian President John Pombe Magufuli, which was consented, the 500 medics from Tanzania are set to start working in Kenya in the first week of April.

Tanzanian medics, however, had fears if their security, owing to the expected showdown between them and the Kenyan counterparts.

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