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Experts speak out on doctor's strike, urge government to seek a supplementary budget
John Mark Agong a budget policy specialist argues that government has the capacity to solve the problem, and they will need to ask for a supplementary budget to save the situation from getting worse.

On Thursday evening as the strike by Ugandan doctors entered its 5th day, the government of Uganda warned doctors against striking and instructed RDCs to ensure they blacklist all the doctors who will not comply. Experts find this inappropriate while trying to resolve the problem.

 

A senior Economist told NTV that the solution to resolve the current salary crisis is by restructuring the entire public service sector.

 

According to  Dr. Fred Muhumuza, the government needs to find a holistic solution that will address salary disparities in the entire public service sector. I told him that given government’s limited resource envelope, its unlikely that doctor’s wage demands will be met.

 

Muhumuza further opines that the problem of salary disparities and inequities is far too complex to be handled by the salary review commission which was set up by the government.

 

It is estimated that Uganda has over 6000 doctors who earn between 700,000 shs and 4 million shillings.

 

The doctors are currently demanding 10 million shillings for the lowest paid and 48 million shillings for senior consultants in various fields.

 

This according to Dr Fred Muhumuza is impossible and can not be done in one financial year. something another expert disagrees with. 

 

John Mark Agong a budget policy specialist argues that government has the capacity to solve the problem, and they will need to ask for a supplementary budget to save the situation from getting worse.