Medical workers under their umbrella body, the Uganda Medical Association have accused the government of hypocrisy. This is because of the government’s decision not to implement the presidential directive on employing all healthcare workers who served during the Covid-19 pandemic.
According to Dr. Samuel Oledo, the president of UMA, all medical workers that were deployed during the Covid-19 pandemic, must be employed.
He says this should be before the 20th of this month. According to him, a total of 1900 Doctors are currently without jobs.
Regardless of this, government only released funds for 400 medical workers to be employed. In the 2022/2023 budget, government allocated Shs 495 billion to enhance salaries of health workers.
This is also to recruit more 400 health workers to cover part of the human resource gaps in government health facilities.
UMA as a body has over 8,000 doctors distributed across regional referral hospitals and those in the Diaspora for the proper provision of quality health care services.
Due to this, medical workers have threatened to go on the streets to strike. It should be remembered that not so long ago, medical workers were on the streets striking over salary increment.
Dr. Herbert Luswata, the secretary general of UMA advised government to come up with a proper payment structure. This should flow from the lower cadres to the consultants.
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