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Kenyan Doctors Go On Strike to Demand 300 Percent Pay Increase

December 07, 2011

Dec. 7 (Bloomberg) -- Kenyan doctors are on strike to demand a 300 percent pay rise and an increase in the national budget for healthcare to 15 percent of total spending from 5.5 percent, the Kenya Medical Practitioners, Pharmacists and Dentists Union said.

“Today is the third day of the strike, the government has kept quiet, it has not heeded to the demands of the doctors,” Boniface Chitayi, the secretary-general of the union, said during a march in the capital, Nairobi. Almost 1,000 doctors took part in the protest.

Kenyan doctors earn an average of $310 per month and so far the government has offered a pay increase of $70, Chitayi said. The union, which draws its membership from both private and public hospitals, has 2,800 members, he said.

Calls to the Ministry of Medical Services did not connect when Bloomberg News sought comment.

--Editors: Ben Holland, Karl Maier.

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