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Doctors Officially Suspend Strike

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Ugandan doctors on Saturday resolved to suspend their strike over salaries.

The doctors’ strike has lasted three weeks. Health workers demanded salary increment and improved working conditions.

DOCTORS’ STRIKE NEGOTIATIONS TIMELINE

When the strike had started, health minister Ruth Aceng said government would not make promises it cannot fulfill.

President Museveni then asked RDCs to report to him all medics on strike.

UMA also complained of threats from government. But they continued pushing.

Government then moved to deploy military doctors as medical interns withdrew emergency services. 

They got support from activists like Dr Kizza Besigye’s sister Dr Olive Kobusingye and MPs such as Kyadondo East’s Robert Kyagulanyi (Bobi Wine). 

Government formed an inter-ministerial committee that has been negotiating with the striking health workers. 

Under their umbrella body of Uganda Medical Association (UMA), the health workers held a an extraordinary general assembly at Silver Springs Hotel Kampala.

Junior finance minister in charge of planning, David Bahati, attended the meeting on behalf of government.

“Government has understood the challenge of limited availability of emergency medical supplies and Shs41bn supplementary budget has been allocated to address the issue,” Bahati told the medics.

“Government has agreed to look at the entire supply chain management. There is no way government can fail to provide things like gloves.”

ENDING DOCTORS’ STRIKE: THE DEAL 

  • Government has reinstated allowances for medical interns that had been reduced from Shs 940,000 to Shs 740,000.
  • Government will pay Shs 4.2bn in allowances to senior health officers.
  • Starting salaries for doctors increased from Shs 1.3m to Shs 5m starting the 2018-19 financial year.
  • Demand for the disbandment of State House Monitoring Unit pending President Yoweri Museveni’s intervention. Doctors will submit their complaints on the unit within 10 days.

 

DOCTORS VOTE ON STRIKE

The doctors have suspended the strike until December 15. The negotiations for other demands continue.

assembly on hearing these concessions,  then voted to suspend industrial action until 15th December and allow their leaders to continue negotiating with the government.

Number of Votes: 195

Supported ending of strike: 113

Wanted strike to continue: 76

Abstained:  6 doctors

 

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