Doctors in Kenya have agreed to end a 100-day strike that has paralysed the country’s public health system. Union officials representing thousands of striking medical workers have signed an agreement with government officials in the capital, Nairobi. The doctors are to receive increased allowances as negotiations over other issues continue. The doctors have been demanding higher wages and better working conditions and say more doctors need to be hired.  About 2,500 public health institutions were affected by the strike.
The return to work agreement will see doctors receive an additional $560 (£460) to $700 a month in allowances.  However a separate agreement, called the Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) is yet to be discussed. The CBA could take weeks to conclude as the organisations that actually employ the majority of the doctors – the County Boards of Health – were not involved in drafting the document and they need to study it before the county governors can sign.  Previous attempts to end the strike failed as doctors and the government refused to compromise on their positions. Last week the government withdrew its offer of a 50% pay rise to the workers. The jailing of KPMDU union leaders for refusing to honour a court order to call off the strike failed to persuade the doctors to back down.  As well as higher salaries, doctors have been campaigning for improvements to dilapidated public health facilities and want Kenya to address a huge shortage of doctors.

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