KMPDU – OUR UNION, OUR PROMISE By Dr. George Got

FROM:  THE KMPDU

TO: ALL MDs, PHARMACISTS AND DENTISTS

DATE: 14TH MAR 2011.

 

Dear beloved Colleagues,

After much debate, frustrations, knocks, failures and moments of excitement, we are back again.

You will recall when we first called an informal meeting in Thika on 19th September 2010 to protest at the frustrations and unbearable terms the Government has been subjecting the young vibrant doctors, pharmacists and dentists to. You will recall how a unilateral decision by one man sitting in Afya House has now officially changed the policy regarding Postgraduate Training Support young doctors have received from Independence. That one man sitting in Afya House has comfortably and conveniently forgotten that he can surely trace his rise to his current lofty position to the very same postgraduate training support he now denies young doctors.

You still recall am sure, the meetings we had at Uhuru Park Freedom Corner and the intimidation that followed with the interdiction of one Dr. Onyimbo and numerous verbal threats to many within our ranks. Dear Doctor, you still do recall the grand march to the Prime Minister in October, 2010. You also do recall the Petitions we sent to Bunge via Honourable MPs Dr. Eseli Simiyu and Dr. Bonny Khalwale. You also do recall dear doc the ignorant answer given on the floor of Parliament by one Hon Kambi Kazungu, the Assistant Minister for Medical Services to the effect that he did not know the Government Policy regarding Postgraduate training for doctors! Yet we pay him with our tax money to do the same. From all these we have learned our lessons which can be summarized as follows:

1. Nobody will fight your battle if you do not move to the front and command the troops.

2. That Governments have to be pushed, however, as you do this remember Governments have the monopoly of force and intimidation.


4. If you want anything, then take charge of the process of delivering it.3. Do not put your faith in politicians and their offices, for they collapse like quick sand.

We the Doctors  (meaning Medical doctors, pharmacists and dentists) have learned our lessons and mastered it well. Having looked at all these issues we believe that one powerful TRADE UNION THAT INCORPORATES ALL CADRES OF THE DOCTORS LISTED WILL FINALLY DELIVER THE GOODS, HERE IS WHY.

A. We want to have a regularly updated and reviewed Collective Bargain Agreement with anyone who employs a doctor. The CBA will cover all aspects of the terms and conditions of service as a doctor in employment.

EXAMPLE:  BEFORE UNIVERSITY LECTURERS FORMED UASU, a lecturer earned the salary that an MO intern earns in gava today! As we speak after the CBA they signed with Universities, the TUTORAIL FELLOW, the junior-most Academic Staff in A university  now earns almost THREE TIMES the salary of A SENIOR MO IN JOB GROUP N IN THE MINISTRY.

 

B. WE WANT TO REGULARLY BE CONSULTED BY ANYONE WHO FIXES OUR SALARIES AND DETERMINES OUR TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF SERVICE. IS IT NOT ABSURD THAT GOVERNMENT CONSULTS EVEN PRIMARY SCHOOL TEACHERS THROUGH THEIR UNION KNUT, YET NOBODY EVER CONSULTS A DOCTOR ON ANYTHING. RECENTLY GAVA WITHDREW PROPOSED NHIF RATE INCREASE BECAUSE TEACHERS AND COTU OBJECTED. WHERE WERE THE DOCTORS? HAVE WE BECOME SO IMPOTENT THAT TEACHERS, SWEEPERS IN OUR OFFICES, TEA GIRLS AND CLERKS WHO HAVE ORGANISED THEMSELVES INTO UNIONS HAVE NOW TAKEN OVER EVEN DEBATES ON POLICIES THAT TOUCH ON HEALTH WHICH IS THE VERY REASON WHY WE EXIST?

C. WE WANT TO RESTORE A SENSE OF UNITY, PURPOSE AND DIRECTION IN HEALTH SERVICES IN THE COUNTRY. WE CAN NOT SIT BACK EVEN AS HAELTH CARE SERVICES AND INDICATORS DETERIORATE WITH NO ONE TO SPEAK FOR KENYANS.

 

HERE COMES THE KENYA MEDICAL PRACTITIONERS, PHARMACISTS AND DENTISTS UNION. AS A DOCTOR I SUPPORT THIS COURSE WITH MY OWN BLOOD BECAUSE I KNOW IT HOLDS THE FUTURE OF MY SONS AND THE SONS AND DAUGHTERS OF MANY OTHER DOCTORS WHO WILL FOLLOW THE NOBLE PROFESSIONS OF MEDICINE, PHARMACY AND DENTISTRY.

 

Thank you.

DR. GEORGE GOT


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