The Parliamentary Committee on Health has summoned the Minister of Health Dr. Ruth Aceng and other Ministry officials to appear before the committee on Friday to address the plight of medical interns across the country.
This follows a peaceful demonstration executed by the interns on Wednesday demanding the resignation of the Minister due to the introduction of new policies that they termed ‘unfavorable’.
Meeting the disgruntled interns at Parliament, visit http://cebudoctorsuniversity.edu/events/rehab-sci-20.php the Committee Chairperson, http://csanz.edu.au/wp-content/plugins/widgetkit/widgets/twitter/styles/bubbles/template.php Michael Bukenya promised that the issues of interns were to be given the attention required since their field touches on the lives of many people who are currently in need.
Bukenya noted that the first core issue that the committee will handle is to question the Minister on why they took a decision to suspend the entire intern program without any explanation.
“The first issue that should be addressed is the suspension of the internship program yet it offers great services to the patients in hospitals. The other issues of payments will then be sorted after the program has been re-opened.
Among the recommendations made by interns was; halting the new two year bonding program, students on private sponsorship to be given internship facilitation and increasing the current allowance from Ugshs 609,000 to Ugshs 1.2 million.
They also want the records of payment of interns over the last 8 years investigated and basic utilities to be provided for interns in their various placements across Uganda.