Centralise health staff hiring and training, counties advised

Ministry of Health officials have recommended that hiring and training of sector staff be handled by the National government in consultation with the counties to promote merit and professionalism.

At a conference held in Bomet, the officials from Nyandarua, Nakuru, Narok and Bomet counties on Friday resolved that human resource recruitment and training should revert to the National government.

The forum was hosted by Bomet County Health Director Richard Langat. They said the decision was informed by the many challenges facing the sector devolution, advising that staff inadequacy in specialised area should be addressed by the National government and guided by the rule and spirit of co-operation between the two arms of government as provided for in the Constitution.

Shortage of medical personnel in many counties was attributed to the rejection of competent officers by county governments who ended up employing unqualified staff on regional grounds.

Dr Langat said issues of staff motivation and delays in promotion had resulted to many strikes by the medical staff in many counties. He said Human Resource for Health (HRH) should use integrated network to identify staff strength in every region to improve HR skills distribution nationally.

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