Services at Kenyatta National Hospital have been paralysed after about 700 registrars boycotted work protesting the suspension of their colleagues over a recent blunder where one of them opened the head of the wrong patient.
In the medical field, a registrar is a doctor in the Republic of Ireland and formerly in the United Kingdom who is receiving advanced training in a specialist field of medicine in order to eventually become a consultant. Kenya tends to follow British professional traditions which is why the professionals are so named at KNH.
According to the Kenya Medical Pharmacists and Dentists Union (KMPDU) Secretary General, Ouma Oluga, the systematic failures have led to mishaps in the hospital and it was unfair to suspend their colleagues over one of such failures.
He said that coupled with the lecturers strike the suspension has left them in a difficult position.
“We feel like we are not protected and this thing can now happen to anybody,” he said.