400 Nurses Hired to Replace Strikers [Africa]

  1. Nairobi

    At least 400 nurses and other professionals have been offered jobs to replace the striking health workers.

    The Ministry of Health, which has borne the brunt of the civil servants' strike, has published the names of the nurses recruited and asked them to report to their stations immediately.
    The move is a response to the crisis in seven hospitals occasioned by the strike, which started on Thursday. The strike has paralysed services in the hospitals, with some deaths being reported.

    An official of the Ministry of Health said the recruitment began on Saturday and had been authorised by the Office of the President and the Directorate of Personnel Management. The official said up to 800 new workers would be hired.

    Although the Union of Kenya Civil Servants called its 120,000 members to strike to press for a 600 per cent pay increase, only workers in the health sector and a few civil servants upcountry downed their tools. Services in other Government departments went on uninterrupted.

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  3. by   pete
    Replacing workers in any profession is counter-productive to all practicing professions. Just as multinational corporations have banned together to create this global economy, workers must do the same. When you drill down and examine the structure of globilization it is quite similar to a workers movement. (strength and numbers aka market share) Market share ,leveraging and power can only be obtained, created or spent when the base is united.
    Hopefully nurses throughout the world will realize this organize, gain bagaining rights and sovle issues that daily plauge the industry of healthcare providers. Short staffing, working conditions and pay equity throughout the profession are just a few, but this are workers issues and workers must solve these issuse through their voice. Undermining another nurse does not give that voice but history tells us about poland's solidarity movement , world war II, of course the american revolution and many other examples show us how to get that voice we need to help solve some of the problem facing healthcare.
    Just think the 40 hour work week is enjoyed by all american workers, but few know that it was organized workers including nurse that fought for that piece of dignitythat everyone enjoys.

    So all of those who enjoy that right and others should always think about how right are obtained. No right has ever been given, all were hard fought battles rooted in sound judgment and good intent.

    In the US the baby boomers are going to put a great strain on healthcare when in 2010 eachday over 30,000 workers will retire everyday for five years. We must set our agenda and security in this industry now and rely on ourselves by letting our voices be heard through UNITY & FRIENDSHIP.

    pete
    Quote from brian
    Nairobi

    At least 400 nurses and other professionals have been offered jobs to replace the striking health workers.

    The Ministry of Health, which has borne the brunt of the civil servants' strike, has published the names of the nurses recruited and asked them to report to their stations immediately.
    The move is a response to the crisis in seven hospitals occasioned by the strike, which started on Thursday. The strike has paralysed services in the hospitals, with some deaths being reported.

    An official of the Ministry of Health said the recruitment began on Saturday and had been authorised by the Office of the President and the Directorate of Personnel Management. The official said up to 800 new workers would be hired.

    Although the Union of Kenya Civil Servants called its 120,000 members to strike to press for a 600 per cent pay increase, only workers in the health sector and a few civil servants upcountry downed their tools. Services in other Government departments went on uninterrupted.

    Full Story: http://allafrica.com/stories/200506061166.html
  4. by   eddymoore
    How safe is the practice of nursing under this contion and what happens to the lives of innocent and helpless patients being exposed to fresh nurses who are not familiar with the ward and the practice of nursing instituted in the county's hospital.

    I believe that they should have considered this before thinking about hiring new nurses to managed the hospital without orientation or assistance of any kind from the striking nurses, it further shows how less they care about lives and her citizen.

    As far as i am concern, they should be ready for the worse than the best
  5. by   pete
    Quote from eddymoore
    How safe is the practice of nursing under this contion and what happens to the lives of innocent and helpless patients being exposed to fresh nurses who are not familiar with the ward and the practice of nursing instituted in the county's hospital.

    I believe that they should have considered this before thinking about hiring new nurses to managed the hospital without orientation or assistance of any kind from the striking nurses, it further shows how less they care about lives and her citizen.

    As far as i am concern, they should be ready for the worse than the best
    The Administrators and not the nurses are responsible for providing the complete care of the patients. The nurses are only one component of that healthcare chain. Therefore if the staff needs are properly addresses the breakdown of supplying healthcare will not breakdown. Too often nurses have been subjected to the commpound abuse by first not having their real needs provided then acused of patient neglect when they lift their voice. (and too often their voice is not strong enough to be heard)

    Pete
  6. by   subee
    Quote from pete
    Replacing workers in any profession is counter-productive to all practicing professions. Just as multinational corporations have banned together to create this global economy, workers must do the same. When you drill down and examine the structure of globilization it is quite similar to a workers movement. (strength and numbers aka market share) Market share ,leveraging and power can only be obtained, created or spent when the base is united.
    Hopefully nurses throughout the world will realize this organize, gain bagaining rights and sovle issues that daily plauge the industry of healthcare providers. Short staffing, working conditions and pay equity throughout the profession are just a few, but this are workers issues and workers must solve these issuse through their voice. Undermining another nurse does not give that voice but history tells us about poland's solidarity movement , world war II, of course the american revolution and many other examples show us how to get that voice we need to help solve some of the problem facing healthcare.
    Just think the 40 hour work week is enjoyed by all american workers, but few know that it was organized workers including nurse that fought for that piece of dignitythat everyone enjoys.

    So all of those who enjoy that right and others should always think about how right are obtained. No right has ever been given, all were hard fought battles rooted in sound judgment and good intent.

    In the US the baby boomers are going to put a great strain on healthcare when in 2010 eachday over 30,000 workers will retire everyday for five years. We must set our agenda and security in this industry now and rely on ourselves by letting our voices be heard through UNITY & FRIENDSHIP.

    pete
    I think that the baby boomer's might surprise you. We're a pretty healthy group who might grow old with less health problems than the young obeese
    growing up today/.

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