Doctors Suspend Strike Over Christmas Festivities

Doctors under the Uganda Medical Association (UMA) through their executive committee have resolved to suspend their plans of reactivating the industrial action. The strike was slated to resume on December 16th.

UMA President, Dr. Anthony Obuku Ekwaro while addressing the media in Mulago on Friday, said that the decision was taken by the association executive through the powers vested in them by their constitution, without having to convene a General assembly due to time and logistical issues.

He said the decision to call off the strike was reached following a meeting on Friday morning with government officials.

The doctors had threatened to resume their strike after they failed to agree with government on their demands that had led them into a three weeks strike last month, demanding a salary increment and provision of a good working environment with medical equipment in government health facilities.

“A part from a call for a supplementary budget of Shs 41bn, (which government recently committee), we were to call for the strike after finding out that some Senior House Officers (SHOs) were not paid for their three months pending salaries which was contrary to the agreed position with government earlier,” Obuku said.

“We are aware the SHOs who have been left out by the policy problem (private facilities and foreigners) yet they provide the much needed service. We are sorry we were unable to pull this through nevertheless we stand with you and promise to work towards repressing this,” Obuku noted.

The UMA boss also revealed that the decision to suspend the strike was also informed the festive season is around the corner, where safety is compromised in terms of road traffic accidents.

He observed that the strike might be resumed in the first quarter of 2018 once government fails to act positively.




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