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Doctors threaten to go on strike again within 7 days

Doctors have threatened to go on strike again in less than seven days, just weeks after calling off their previous strike.

The doctors went on strike on November 6 - demanding for higher pay and better working conditions - paralysing health services allover the country. They called off the strike about two weeks after government made some “minimum irreducible demands”.

But now Uganda Medical Association (UMA) president, Dr Ekwaro Obuku has warned government that, failure to fulfill some of the demands cabinet committed itself on, will trigger off another industrial action on December 16 till March 26, 2018.

Dr Ekwaro Obuku addressing the media earlier

According to Dr Obuku, failure to provide Shs 41 billion supplementary budget for medical supplies and failure to pay all senior health officers (SHO) and developing an SHO policy within 30 days will trigger off the industrial action in less than a week’s time.

The doctors are also demanding for the Health Monitoring Unit (HMU), that, they accuse of harassing medical officers to be investigated and shut down.

They also demand for the reinstatement of all internal doctors pay from the current Shs 750,000 to Shs 950,000. The doctors are also demanding to have a complete Interns Policy within 30 days. We could not get a comment from ministry of health officials.


+6 #1 Lakwena 2017-12-12 13:30
In other words, this is a dubious, evasive and reluctant regime, that must be constantly arm-twisted into fulfilling its empty promises.
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+2 #2 kabayekka 2017-12-12 15:41
In the United Kingdom where the Labour movement gravitated so much to improve the international workers' rights, presently there is what all sensible people call ACAS.

The Ugandan doctors working in a universal profession should contact this organization for more advice.

Surely a Uganda patient's life is not M7 or NRM. Saving Life is a universal issue indeed.
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+5 #3 Phalanch 2017-12-12 16:14
These conmen think they are smart but forgeting that they are dealing with doctors ,

Citizens together with doctors are seeking for a long lasting solution however all we hear are lies after lies that won't justify the means .

to hell with oppressors .
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+5 #4 miki 2017-12-12 17:35
Now Dr. Ekwaro and the other members of the Uganda Medical Association are the jackasses here.

You called off a good and well timed industrial action based on promises by the NRM government led by Mr. Museveni?

As doctors you should have known better. This man never honors promises or agreements. To him they are just short term tactical moves to give him time and breathing space while plotting to isolate and destroy his adversaries.

Look at the unfulfilled campaign promises and the litany of broken agreements that litter Museveni's political road.
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0 #5 samex 2017-12-13 08:55
doctors stand on your feet and ask for what is right for you for once.stop taking promises for your demands.

its times you complete with your demands.
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0 #6 kelem 2017-12-13 10:27
Next time the IA is called NO body should tell us to call it off on hot air promises even if written down on cheap paper like they usually do
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