Kenya – Wankanyakla Self Help Group Sun, 19 Sep 2021 10:19:39 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Kenya – Wankanyakla Self Help Group 32 32 Kenya to get nurses cut in deal with UK Sun, 19 Sep 2021 10:19:39 +0000

The government will get a percentage of the money Kenyan nurses earn in the UK as a result of the deal made by President Uhuru Kenyatta and Prime Minister Boris Johnson in July.

The deal is similar to that reached by Kenya and Cuba, which saw the government get 100 Cuban doctors, with the Cuban government getting a cut.

It is not yet clear how much nurses and the government will earn, but Senior Health Secretary Susan Mochache is expected to lead a delegation of senior health and labor officials to finalize guidelines for the deal, sources have revealed. .

When the Sunday Nation contacted Cabinet Secretary of Health Mutahi Kagwe and PS Mochache on the matter, they both promised to issue a statement after consultations.

So far 3,329 nurses have expressed interest in the jobs offered and those who qualify are expected to travel to the UK in mid-October. Much like the Cuban deal, details of nurses’ pay remain unclear, with the UK high commission only announcing that healthcare professionals would work under the National Health Service (NHS).

Nurses who have applied for and traveled to the UK previously will also have the opportunity to apply for citizenship and earn 100% of their salary.

However, the new cohort will have a special route to work in the UK. They will also have to work in the health sector in Kenya for an agreed period.


Nurses must have a bachelor’s degree in nursing from a recognized institution, a license from the Nursing Council, a valid police certificate and proof that they are not employed.

Although it was not in the Ministry of Labor announcement, nurses must have at least 18 months of experience. They will also have to take a multiple choice English proficiency test and a UK nursing midwifery computer test.

The British high commission said there would be positive results from the partnership, such as a large sum of money sent home by health workers.

“This can then be reinvested in employment within the local health sector or in further training,” the Commission said in a statement.

Health workers’ unions hailed the partnership, Kenya National Nurses Union General Secretary Seth Panyako saying that while it is ironic that the government has brought in Cuban doctors under the pretext that there were not enough Kenyan doctors, it is good that they saw the need to give an opportunity to unemployed nurses.