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Doctors Indefinitely Suspend Industrial Action :: Uganda Radionetwork
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Doctors Indefinitely Suspend Industrial Action

Dr Ekwaro Obuku, the President of Uganda Medical Association says the UMA executive decided to extend their suspension until further notice as they await a review from government. Dr Obuku says that the body will make an announcement in April, 2018 regarding the matter.
Doctors under the umbrella Uganda Medical Association have voted to indefinitely suspend their industrial action. The announcement was made today during a press conference held at Mulago Guest House.

Dr Ekwaro Obuku, the President of Uganda Medical Association says the UMA executive decided to extend their suspension until further notice as they await a review from government. Dr Obuku says that the body will make an announcement in April, 2018 regarding the matter.

UMA had temporarily suspended its strike on November 25 giving government up to December 16 to address their grievances. Their demands include an increase in salary with the least paid doctor (an intern) earning 8 million Shillings, the efficient supply of medical supplies and medicines by government and the disbanding of the State House Health Monitoring Unit.

They have over the last one month been engaged in meetings.  One of the meetings was held yesterday with the Prime Minister Dr Ruhakana Rugunda and a team of cabinet members, and another meeting held this morning with Ministry of Health.

From the meeting held this morning, it was resolved that all Senior House Officers in public health facilities shall be paid.and that a SHO policy will be developed and presented to cabinet during the 1st quarter of 2018.

Dr Obuku says the Industrial Action which paralyzed business in public health facilities across the country has been effective in opening doors for them and making known the deplorable state of health care in the country.

He requested government to address the shortfalls in the medical sector pointing out the lack of enough medical personnel in the army and general health care system. He says government needs to recruit an additional 1000 doctors and 200 specialists to meet the current demand in the country. 

A supplementary budget of 41 million Shillings has already been suggested to cater for emergency supplies in public health facilities. 

Dr Obuku also urged all government officials to seek treatment in government health facilities instead of seeking treatment from overseas.  "Please do not fear. Come and we treat you. We are doctors and we stand by our word."    

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