Kenyan doctors lose appeal to block Cuban specialists working in country

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A group of Kenyan doctors has lost its appeal to the country’s Employee and Labour Relations Court, attempting to block the deployment of Cuban doctors across the African nation.

Roughly 100 Cuban specialist doctors have arrived in Kenya, following an agreement between the two countries’ governments. However, the Kenyan doctor’s union has opposed the move, arguing that there are more than 170 local specialists in the country currently without a job.

Kenyan doctors fail to block Cuban arrivals

The Employment and Labour Relations Court has blocked two cases opposing the government’s move to hire Cuban doctors. Justice Onesmus Makau ruled that Kenyan doctors had failed to provide enough evidence to prove that the specialist doctors currently unemployed in Kenya have the same skills as those being brought in from Cuba.

However, the judge did fault the government for not involving the public in filling the roles and failing to advertise the positions.

The Kenya Medical Association says it will pursue its battle against the hiring of Cuban doctors by the government, insisting that the process was carried out contrary to international standards.

The doctors arrived from Cuba two weeks ago, including three radiologists, five nephrologists, orthopaedic surgeons, plastic surgeons and neurologists. They have already begun working following the court’s ruling earlier this week.

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Aaron Brooks is a UK journalist who wants to cut out the international agendas in news. Spending his early years in both England and Northern Ireland he saw the difference between reality and media coverage at an early age. After graduating from the University of Chester with a BA in journalism, his travels revealed just how large the gap between news and the real world can be. As Editor-in-Chief at East Africa Monitor, it’s his job to provide a balanced view of what’s going on in the region for English-speaking audiences.