The country’s health professionals have now turned blame on the Salaries and Remuneration Commission (SRC), accusing it of blocking allowances approved by the government.
The 17 cadres of clinical officers under the Kenya Health Professionals Society (KHPS) want the emergency call allowance and health service allowance reviewed and implemented, citing that SRC is holding the allowances approved by Treasury.
Speaking yesterday after a demonstration from Nairobi Freedom Corner through Afya House to SRC offices, KHPS Acting Chair Reuben Laboso said that the proposed increment of doctors’ salaries and the implementation of the nursing service allowance show a discrimination towards their input in the health sector.
Laboso questioned why clinicians have not been paid, yet nurses have and further complained about being left out in the ongoing negations between doctors and the government.
“It is very unfair that doctors and nurses are being considered yet some of us still earn pathetically and are on the down low. That is total discrimination yet we are the ones who do the most difficult jobs around,” said Laboso.
However, their mach to SRC was futile as they missed out on meeting the officials leaving them to camp at the offices for more than an hour.
According to the angry clinical officers, they feel unfairly treated because while medical interns will earn about Sh 208, 000 a month, the diploma clinicians are paid nothing while degree holders earn about Sh 30, 000 a month.