Patient dies at KNH parking lot as workers’ strike begins

More than 4,000 workers at KNH on Monday made their strike threat real and downed their tools

A patient who was referred from an estate medical facility in Kawangware has succumbed while at the parking lot of the Kenyatta National Hospital after not being attended to due to the on going strike.

More than 4,000 workers at KNH on Monday made their strike threat real and downed their tools.

The Kenya Union of Domestic, Hotels, Education Institutions, Hospitals and Allied Workers led by Kenneth Thuranira said the strike will paralyse services at Kenya’s largest medical facility.

The workers are protesting against failure by the Salary and Remuneration Commission to approve Sh301 million passed by the National Assembly and the Treasury in 2012.

Kenya National Union of Nurses Secretary-General Seth Panyako said the SRChas failed to harmonise the salaries despite several government agencies giving their approval.

“What we want is to see SRC give that letter, advising Kenyatta National Hospital to effect payment of that money to all affected employees and thereafter the strike will be called off,” Panyako said.

He added that the worker’s salaries have not been increased since 2012, and that the workers will not be meeting any government agency to resolve the standoff.

You have successfully subscribed to the newsletter

There was an error while trying to send your request. Please try again.

The Brief will use the information you provide on this form to be in touch with you and to provide updates and marketing.