•KMPDU Secretary General Davji Atellah said the conference is an outcome of the NEC meeting held on October 1,
•The NEC meeting was held following the cancellation of the Annual Delegates Conference (ADC) initially scheduled for May 28, 2022.
The Kenya Medical Practitioners, Pharmacists and Dentists Union (KMPDU) will, between November 25 to 26, hold a Special Delegates Conference (SDC) in Nakuru.
KMPDU Secretary General Davji Atellah said the conference is an outcome of the NEC meeting held on October 1.
The NEC meeting was held following the cancellation of the Annual Delegates Conference (ADC) initially scheduled for May 28, 2022.
In the notice seen by the Star, Atellah said:
“As per KMPDU Constitution Article (V). sec (C) 3, only delegates duly nominated and mandated by Branch executive Committees shall attend the SDC, any such delegate shall represent twenty bonafide KMPDU members."
Over 500 doctors from all parts of the country are expected to be part of the conference.
“Doctors are coming from all facilities in all the counties…the SDC is the point of convergence for how we engage the county and national governments, and the agendas we want to put in place. Among the things, we’re going to discuss is the Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) of 2017-2021, and whether or not the government has actually implemented it,” he said.
According to Atellah, SDC is the “highest decision-making organ” of the union.
It sets the agenda for all of the union's operations.
The meeting will see issues affecting doctors discussed, the SG said.
“We’re going to discuss whether the employment of 1,200 doctors every year as per the CBA is happening, and look at the Scheme of Service that we have currently to see whether it is helping the doctors and the public or if it’s actually the reason for the inadequate healthcare in the country."
The SG further added that they will use the meeting to dissect the Kenya Kwanza Manifesto and establish ways in which they can cooperate with the government on bettering health services.