NMS To Incentivise Medics Through Promotions

Nairobi Metropolitan Services Director of Health Dr. Josephine Kabaru-Mbae (centre), her Human Resource Management and Development Counterpart Dominic Gicheru (left) and the Kenya National Union of Nurses Nairobi Branch Secretary Ediah Muruli during a media briefing after signing a return to work formula agreement after a week-long negotiation meetings that ended the nurses’ strike. PHOTO | Courtesy

NAIROBI, Kenya, September 22, 2020 – The Nairobi Metropolitan Services (NMS) has pledged to incentivise health workers by according them requisite professional promotions based on meritocracy.

In a return to work formula signed by the Nairobi Metropolitan Services (NMS), Kenya National Union of Nurses (KNUN), Kenya Union of Clinical Officers (KUCO) and Health Services at the NMS offices at Kenyatta International Convention Centre, officers with qualifications will also be re-designated, promoted, placed at the right positions and confirmed in appointment to the right job groups.

Through the return to work formula, the strike by health workers, which commenced on September 10, 2020 was effectively called off.

The pact was signed by the Director, Human Resource Management, and Development Mr. Dominic Gicheru on behalf of the NMS Director General, Mohammed Badi, Director Health Services Dr. Josephine Mbae, KNUN Branch Secretary Edia Muruli, and KUCO Branch Secretary Tom Nyakaba.

The appointments and promotions, the signatories said, will be undertaken by the NMS Human Resource Management Advisory Committee in accordance to the human resource manual scheme of service and authorised establishment.

Those to benefit from the promotions will include nurses, clinical officers, pharmaceutical technologists and medical laboratory officers. The first batch, they said, will collect their promotion letters by September 25, 2020 while the last batch will receive the letters not later than October 30, 2020.

“NMS will seek a waiver from Public Service Commission for those officers whose cases cannot be processed under the delegated authority to enable workers be promoted not later than October 30, 2020, said the signatories.

Dr. Mbae said health workers who have stagnated for nine years will also be promoted three job groups while those who have stagnated for six years will be promoted two job groups, whereas those who have stagnated for less than six years and below will be promoted to one job group.

She at the same time noted that employees who served under capacity bridge project and economic stimulus program will have their years of service considered as per the ministry of health circular.

Mr. Gicheru announced that NMS will also harmonize the terms and conditions of service for all health workers with immediate effect.

The health workers who went on strike due to delay of salaries were assured that no one will be victimized for participating in the strike and directed to resume. Mr. Gicheru said NMS will ensure that all health workers receive their salaries by the 5th day of every preceding month.




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