In Kenya Court threatens to jail striking doctors if action not called off

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A Kenyan court has handed down a one-month suspended jail term to seven union officials over a doctors' strike which has crippled public hospitals for the last 40 days.However Judge Hellen Wasilwa said that if the doctors did not call off their strike within two weeks, the officials would "be arrested and taken to jail.

"The walkout by some 5,000 Kenyan doctors has devastated public health services in the East African nation, where few can afford private care which is the only option remaining to them.The medics last week rejected a 40 percent pay rise offer from the government, demanding the full implementation of a 2013 collective bargaining agreement (CBA), which assured them of a 300 percent raise and other improved conditions.The court in December declared the strike illegal, as negotiations following the 2013 deal had not concluded.

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