Tuesday 23 January 2018

Union leaders jailed for failing to call off doctors' strike in Kenya

Kenyan health workers took to the streets in Nairobi in December (AP)
Kenyan health workers took to the streets in Nairobi in December (AP)

A Kenyan judge has jailed seven union officials for failing to call off a two-month strike by doctors at public hospitals.

At least a dozen patients have died due to lack of medical care during the dispute.

Judge Hellen Wasilwa said on Monday she could not delay further the contempt of court sentence she had suspended earlier on condition the doctors call off their strike.

At least 5,000 doctors are on strike for better pay and working conditions.

Doctors want the government to implement pay raises in an agreement signed in 2013.

That agreement would raise their salaries by 180%.

Currently doctors earn an average basic salary of £319 to £678 per month compared to a Kenya member of parliament who earns nearly £11,176 a month.

AP

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