The Attorney General Proffesor Githu Muigai has been petitioned to constitute an arbitration committee that will mediate in ending the stalemate between doctors and the government, a situation that has seen the doctor’s strike stretch to the second month.
Dr. Njagi kumantha a former director of the Mathari Mental Hospital has said that the doctor’s union does not have the interests of doctors at heart and due to this, patients have continued to suffer as a result if the union officials chest thumping on the issue.
Kumantha noted that the arbitration committee is better placed to unlock the impasse that has been witnessed with neither sides of the parties seem not accept the terms of each other.
Kumantha said there is need for the attorney general to constitute this committee that will include religious leaders and civil right groups in order to find a lasting solution to this crisis.
He said that having an independent arbitrator will help find a neutral ground for the two sides to compromise their hard stances and end the strike.
Speaking to the press in Embu town, Kumantha said most doctors are willing to return to work after the 40 % pay increase that was given by the Government but their selfish and money driven unionists are holding them back.
He said that KMPDU is a money hungry union that should even not be allowed to speak on behalf of doctors since it is taking a hard stand on a dire situation.
The psychiatrist observed that the doctors should not have gone on strike in the first place following an oath that they take before they get absorbed in the profession that stipulates their personal interest do not supersede those of their patients.