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Doctors strike: medical interns insist on Shs 2.5m salary

Medical interns have set Shs 2.5 million as the bare minimum, non-negotiable salary that must be deposited on their accounts before they call off the ongoing strike.
 
Though the Uganda Medical Association (UMA) has set Shs 8.5 million as salary that must be paid to intern doctors, Robert Lubega, the president of medical intern for 2017-2018 says they have lowered their salary demands to Shs 2.5 million as "non-negotiable". The intern doctors laid down tools together with licensed doctors on November 6 pushing for better pay. 
 
Lubega says they will wait for government to meet their demands. Lubega says medical interns are tired of working under poor conditions.

The medical interns want to be paid Shs 2.5 million perform if they are to call off the strike

On Thursday, health minister Ruth Aceng ordered doctors to return to work immediately or risk losing their jobs. She also asked interns to call off the strike or lose their internship placements.

Though the ministry of health claims that medical interns are paid Shs 900,000 per month, Lubega says the permanent secretary of ministry of health Dr Diana Atwine released a letter on November 2 saying that this year's medical interns will be paid Shs 740,000 per month.
 
Lubega says the figure was broken down into Shs 400,000 as allowance, Shs 250,000 for meals and Shs 90,000 for accommodation.
 
Lubega says there is nowhere in Uganda that they can get a decent accommodation at Shs 90,000 or meals at 250,000 for a month. He further claims that there are medical interns who have been paid as low as Shs 550,000.
 
"We’re saying unless the ministry of Health and the relevant stakeholders give us Shs 2.5 million for now we’re also going to keep laying down our tools as medical interns of 2017/18.

There is letter that was released by the permanent secretary dated 2nd November to the hospital directors which highlights that Shs 740,000 has been dispatched to our accounts. It [letter] breaks down that amount as follows. That Shs 400,000 of that is for allowances, Shs 250,000 is for feeding and Shs 90,000 of that is for accommodation.

So we’re saying madam PS there is no where in Uganda that you can get a decent accommodation of Shs 90,000 or meals of Shs 8,000 per day. That is all we’re saying that we’re putting down our tools until we get Shs 2.5 million on our accounts as net monthly pay", said Lubega.
 
Lubega says no government officials should classify medical interns as students.

"A medical intern is not a student but a graduate doctor from a recognised university who is undergoing one-year supervised practical training at an accredited internship training centre."
 
He says medical interns are a backbone of Uganda's health system. "We are the foot soldiers who an accident victim will find in hospital when they are brought to emergency unit before seeing a senior doctor," Lubega says.
 
Lubega also argues that medical interns can't work when their supervisors are on strike. He says a total of 970 medical interns are deployed in 35 hospitals across the country. 

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+9 #1 WADADA rogers 2017-11-11 13:46
GIven the kind of money they spend at medical school, that is too little, they should ask for more
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+3 #2 Odongo Richard Otim 2017-11-11 15:48
It is good for medical interns to be considered for such an important issues because their services are very important and they serve tirelessly.

They can negotiate up to conclusion but not set a ransome that brings bad blood with the govt.
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+5 #3 MarthaLeah Nangalama 2017-11-11 16:21
Why are they caving in? That is a pathetic amount for them to ask for.

Why not the original Sh. 8.5M? We have school drop out idiots making 10 times that amount and with convoys while trashing us in public and shoving silly bills down our throats.

DAMN! Ugandans are too kind.
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+2 #4 Darlington Sakwa 2017-11-11 16:55
In Museveni's Uganda, the more your read,the harder are expected to work and the less you are paid!

People with forged academic papers who sit in parliament are given free cars every five years.

They also receive money to run the free cars while they take home an average of 24/- million per month for seating or dozing in parliament for three half days a week.

Medical staff who spend long periods at school, are required to do continuous reading to keep in pace with medical challenges are paid the salary of a construction site porter despite facing risks of infection from patients

This is an insult which should not be tolerated especially when money for selfish political work like constitutional amendments is found with a flip of a page in the ministry of Finance from hitherto un-budgeted sources!
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+1 #5 Akot 2017-11-11 18:36
WADADA rogers, agreed.

More so museveni & family spend tax money for medical treatment abroad & this costs the county so much!

It's also time medical sector demand equipment in all medical facilities in the country so that they do their work under good conditions & ensure patients are well taken care of!

This will also force museveni or any other member of his family who will take over from him, as theire is no opposition leadership to bring change any time soon, to be treated in Uganda!

Why should museveni & family who believe the countryr's leadeship can only be assured by them, go abroad for medicat treatment?
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0 #6 Ensi eno! 2017-11-11 19:37
These misleaders do not care about the medical professional at all, how can a doctor be paid a palty 740k monthly when herdsmen on presidential farms earn more??

What will stop these doctors from freeing the country for greener pastures?

Since none of them uses public hospitals, they don't care even voting cockroaches die after all the IEC magicians know how to twist the numbers.
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