Taita Taveta county's Health Executive Daniel Makoko on Monday announced that 85 clinical officers had been sent home for defying orders to resume work after they went on strike on November. 

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The medics who operate in the county's public hospitals had downed their tools while demanding for an increase in their salary and promotions.

Makoko pointed out that the officers were given their dismissal letters after they failed to honour a return to work formula that had been discussed.

“We negotiated a return-to-work formula with their union on October 1," Makoko said.

"They, however, declined to report to work. That is why we fired them,” he added.

The Health Executive further cautioned doctors and nurses who had also downed their tools to resume work as directed by the court or face similar consequences.

“We obtained the court order on Friday directing nurses and doctors to resume work. Those who defy the order will have themselves to blame,”  he stated.

Assembly Majority Leader Jason Tuja together with Nominated Member of County Assembly (MCA) Christopher Mwambingu argued that the clinicians did not have a reason to down their tools.

The medics had last week vowed to continue with the strike unless their demands were met. 

Some of the major healthcare centres at the county were out of operation following the strike.