>> 100 days of medical chaos coming to a close in Kenya. Doctors agreeing to end a three month strike in public hospitals after reaching an agreement on pay and working conditions. It grants increased cash allowances, outlines a promotion plan, and protects those who went on strike from retribution.
>> While the strike is over, the dispute may not be, because we need to restore industrial harmony between ourselves and our employers.>> Doctors walked out in early December, demanding authorities implement a 2013 agreement to give them a 150 to 180% pay rise. They rejected an offer of 50% just last week.
Newspaper headlines blared the strike came at an atrocious price for those needing public healthcare, reporting patients died during the stand-off. Private doctors were flooded with those in need, but many Kenyans were unable to afford the fees and couldn't get treatment.>> Yes, there are grievances. We must learn how to resolve them without occasioning pain to other people.
Those 100 days, as we mentioned them as professionals in the health sector, they'll remain black pages in the history of practice of medicine in this country.>> The strikes saw white coated doctors hold street protests outside government offices when union leaders were briefly jailed. A series of corruption scandals bolstered public support for the strike.
Its end providing relief for a government seeking re-election in August.