In an interview with URN on Sunday, Leonard Mutebi a representative of Pre-interns said the Friday directive which among others asks interns who were in their second rotation five weeks ago before industrial action to find a way of finishing their training shows how hard the conditions they are about to start work in are.
Graduate doctors whose internship begins next year have said
they will not report to hospitals. This comes two days after the
Ministry of Health asked striking medical interns to vacate hospitals in a
In an interview with URN on Sunday, Leonard Mutebi a
representative of Pre-interns said the Friday directive which among others asks
interns who were in their second rotation five weeks ago before industrial
action to find a way of finishing their training is an indication of how hard the conditions are.
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Among the contentious issues that led to their laying down
of tools are lack of medicines in hospitals, lack of work tools such as personal
protective equipment, accommodation, and low facilitation of just 750,000 Shillings yet
they literally run health facilities that have suffered perennial low staffing
of qualified professionals.
They are now asking
that they be paid an increased salary of 2.5 Million Shillings but according to Dr.
Henry Mwebesa, the Director General of Health Services this money is currently unavailable
although he notes a supplementary budget was passed and awaits the release of funds
by the Ministry of Finance.
When this money is finally availed, Mwebesa said in a letter written on Friday, it will only pay the striking medical workers arrears of up
to November when they were still working.
This development has however caused an uproar among not only
medical circles but also workers’ unions in the country. For instance, while
the Federation of Uganda Medical Interns (FUMI) is still discussing the way
forward, the mother Uganda Medical Association(UMA) is considering suing
Dr. Herbert Luswata, the General Secretary of the Medical
Association told URN that they have contacted the Rights Organization – Center for
Health, Human Rights and Development (CEHURD) for intervention considering that
their right to express their grievances and demonstration are being trampled
Meanwhile following this letter, a number of medical workers
who had initially abstained from the industrial action to offer emergency services
have either put down tools or notified their bosses about their next course of
At the China Uganda Friendship hospital in Naguru, Dr. Allan
Mbaine, the group leader of interns said they have been on duty since November
2nd despite a strike call from FUMI to be able to handle emergencies
but the Mwebesa letter shows they don’t value their contribution.
"It is not only interpreted as a lack of value for medical
interns but also a threat to the medical profession. We have decided to join
our colleagues and we shall not report for any activity starting