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MUST Intern Medics Vow Not To Step into Any Gov’t Hospital for Internship?

MUST Intern Medics Vow Not To Step into Any Gov’t Hospital for Internship?

Mbarara University of Science and Technology (MUST) intern medics have threatened not to join any government health facility for internships. They said this will go on until when their salaries have been enhanced.

The communication came through a press statement released by pre-medical intern leaders Dr. Arineitwe Innocent and Nabidda Shamim.

‘’Following the presidential directive on August 9th, 2021 to address challenges of medical interns among other healthcare providers, engagements have been. On 10th December 2021, the director-general health services ministry of health responded in a letter. He ferociously intimidated and directed medical interns on strike to vacate hospital premises,’’ the statement reads in part.

According to the Ministry of Health, the intention of the directive to vacate hospital premises to create room for the incoming interns.

These will report in January 2022. However, the pre-intern doctors from MUST have joined their elders in demanding payments.

‘’We clarify that the incoming medical interns from MUST shall not start internship until they address their grievances. We shall start when our predecessors finish their internship. We cannot antagonize the efforts to ameliorate the working environment for health workers to improve health service delivery in Uganda,’’ the statement added.

Earlier this week the Ministry of Health argued that medical internship is a training. Medical interns are not public servants and therefore they are free to take a decision not to train.

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