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How other countries have handled doctors’ strikes

A similar stand in Kenya has been met with an unwavering demand from doctors who have insisted that they will only return to work when their CBA has been implemented, or at least a framework on how this will be done PHOTO:COURTESY

Kenya is not the only country on the continent that has gone to the extreme in resolving doctors’ strikes.

A look across the nations revealed that although others might not have gone to the extent of jailing their doctors, there are similarities in the way medics on strike were treated. In 2011, Botswana sacked civil servants, among them doctors, who refused to return to work. In South Africa, the same scenario played out in 2009.

A similar stand in Kenya has been met with an unwavering demand from doctors who have insisted that they will only return to work when their CBA has been implemented, or at least a framework on how this will be done.

 Labour Cabinet Secretary Phyllis Kandie explained that there are mechanisms and structures provided for in law, which when well utilised, would achieve the same results aggrieved parties seek without unnecessary strikes.

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