r. Jackson Ojera Obucu, the Director State House Health Monitoring Unit, says the occupants of the staff quarters were not given a fair hearing before the housing committee and the hospital administration decided to allocate their houses to other staff members, which is irregular.
The State House Health Monitoring Unit-HMU has
halted the planned eviction of some health workers from Masaka Regional
Referral Hospital staff quarters, saying the process of allocating the houses was
In August, Masaka Regional Referral Hospital
authorities ordered health workers the staff quarters to reapply for them or
else lose them to other staff.
The move didn’t go down well with the affected
health workers prompting them to petition the State House Health Monitoring Unit
to come to their rescue and compel the hospital authorities to reconsider their
decision of evicting them.
Now, Dr. Jackson Ojera Obucu, the
Director State House Health Monitoring Unit, says the occupants of the staff
quarters were not given a fair hearing before the housing committee and the
hospital administration decided to allocate their houses to other staff members,
which is irregular.
He told URN in an interview on Thursday that the staff concerns
are genuine since the hospital management didn’t
consult majority of the staff before coming up with a decision asking staff to
reapply for the houses.
Dr. Ojera also noted
that the procedure by the hospital management to reallocate the
staff quarters was very questionable.
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He says they halted the eviction process until
the hospital management drafts a tenancy agreement clearly specifying who is
entitled to accommodation in the staff quarters.
Dr. Ojera notes that evicting staff without
clear guidelines may disrupt service delivery at the hospital since the
affected health workers have threatened to down their tools.
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He said they will soon come up with a
comprehensive report from their findings when they visited the hospital. However,
Dr. Nathan Onyachi, the Director Masaka Regional Referral Hospital, insists
that the housing committee gave an open opportunity to all staff, saying the
entire process was free and fair.
He says those that lost the houses, lost in a
fair competition. Dr. Onyachi says that management agreed that the houses
be allocated in a competitive bidding process by offering priority to health
workers in emergency care and other critical sections of the hospital.
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He says that for purposes of offering equal
opportunities to staff they have designed a proposal that will see the staff
occupy the units for three years before it is re-advertised.