2016-12-09 16:05:00

Strike action by medical workers worry Kenyan Bishops

Kenya’s Catholic Bishops say they are concerned about the on-going strike action by doctors.

The Bishops have said it is unfair for Kenyan doctors to abandon innocent patients and have called on the Government to resolve the stand-off quickly.

Kenya’s medical professionals have downed tools citing government’s failure to honour the implementation of a Collective Bargaining Agreement. 

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Below is the full statement:

Listen To The Voice Of The Suffering Poor
“ ...... He took pity on them and healed their sick” (Mt. 14:14)

We the Catholic Bishops of Kenya express our deep concern over the ongoing Doctors and Nurses strike that has caused the Kenyan citizens pain, misery and suffering of unimaginable proportions.

Helpless sick and frail people, children and the elderly including premature babies and accident victims have been abandoned to suffer and die in horrifying conditions while medical professionals and Government officials engage in grandstanding with no clear direction or hope.

While the Church empathizes with the medical professionals on their disappointments with the Government over the unhonoured Collective Bargaining Agreement, it is unfair for them to abandon innocent patients to such suffering.

We invite the medical professionals who swore to protect life to reconsider their position and not engage in actions that threaten life. It is very painful that we still have not seen any coherent plan by government to stop the strike. We should not wait for more deaths in order to find a solution. We therefore make the following appeal.
Appeal to Government
It is incumbet on the Government to ensure a health of its citizenry is prioritized. We therefore, appeal to the government both of the National and County to create a harmonious environment for dialogue in order to bring an end to this stalemate.

It cannot be business as usual while people die of abandonment in a country that boasts to have a working government. No project or undertaking is more important than human life at any time.

Appeal to Medical Professionals
We appeal to the medical professionals to respond to essential emergencies in order to save life. Doctors and nurses work under an oath and ethical commitment to protect human life at all times.  We call for possible action to ensure normal medical services are restored without further delay.

To respond to dire situation across the country, we also appeal to private medical institutions to go out of their way and respond to essential medical emergencies and help save lives.

It is our prayer and hope that quick action will be taken by all involved to ensure normal services are restored for the good of the Kenyan citizens who are in dire need of medical services.

Signed by:
 (All Kenyan Bishops)

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