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SRC putting health sector under siege

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Clinical officers are threatening to down their tools on the 15th September terming the latest move by the Salaries and Remuneration Commission (SRC) to downgrade the ranks a ‘calculated siege on the health sector’.

George Gibore, secretary general Kenya Union of Clinical Officers, said the job evaluation conducted by the Price Waterhouse Coopers and commissioned by the SRC has grouped the officers unfairly.

According to the secretary, the clinical officers have been, as contained in the report, downgraded from job band C to D1.

Gibore added that the Sarah Serem-led commission has ignored their recommendations adding that they had not received any communication.

“We wonder why clinical officers have now been downgraded to semi-skilled. This grouping has been done unfairly,” said Bosire.

His counterpart Seth Panyako,the secretary general of the Knun accused the commission terming it ‘lame duck’ and singled out a Mr.Kubai who sits in the commission as adding no value on workers’ plight.

Panyako urged politicians to make health as part of their agenda in the run up to the fresh presidential polls.

“A sick nation, is a poor nation. I urge politicians to make health part of their agenda,” said Panyako.

Clinical officers have threatened to down their tools on September 15 as their July salaries have been delayed.

Siaya, Meru, Nyandarua and Kiambu are among counties whose workers have not been paid.

The 7,000 clinical officers in public hospitals also want the Salaries commission to release salary evaluation results.

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