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CS Nakhumicha most blamed for doctors’ strike: survey

Health CS Susan Nakhumicha is most blamed for the strikes that have rocked the sector.

Tifa Research’s latest survey shows that 47 per cent of respondents said they blame the CS for the strike even though she has said it is a failure of the Treasury to release funds.

“It is the CS for Health that attracts more blame than any other official or entity for the medical workers’ strike,” the survey says.

She adds: “Although she and others have said it is the ‘lack of sufficient funds in the Treasury’ that has allegedly made it impossible for most doctors’ demands to be met.”

According to the survey, 28 percent of respondents blame the Kenya Medical Doctors, Pharmacists and Dentists Union (KMPDU).

Eight percent think it is the county governments, who happen to be the doctors’ employers, to blame for the strike.

Five percent blame the Salaries and Remuneration Commission, while another one percent blame the Council of Governors and the Head of the Civil Service, Félix Koskei.

“There is no mention from the leadership of the previous administration (Jubilee) that was party to the Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA), the lack of implementation of which was the main/initial basis for the first of the several strikes now in force.” shows the survey.

According to the survey, only 23 percent of Kenyans support the strike, while more than half (54 percent) do not support it at all.

Opposition is greatest in the South Rift and Lower East regions.

The research field work was carried out between April 27 and 29, 2024 and had a margin of error of +/- 1.82 percent.

It was conducted among 2,912 respondents from the nine geographical zones namely Central Rift, Coast, Lower Eastern, Mt Kenya, Nairobi, Northern, Nyanza, SouthRift and Western.

Data were collected through telephone interviews conducted face-to-face in Kiswahili and English.