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Government orders striking doctors to leave hospital houses as negotiations fail
According to the Daily Monitor, All striking doctors have been asked to quit the hospital premises as government embarks on a recruitment process of new doctors who are willing to work under the current public service terms.

A consultative meeting between the government set task force and medical workers ended in a stalemate.

Prime Minister Dr. Ruhukana Rugunda who is the overall mediator on behalf of government said he will at a later date pronounce the government’s stand on the matter.

This stalemate comes as the strike enters its 11th day tomorrow and the ailing health sector is now on its knees.

 

Today’s meeting followed a series of other meetings held between government and health workers over their strike for better pay and facilitation.

The Chairperson of the newly constituted task force to mediate over their issues, Minister of Health Dr. Jane Aceng maintained her stand on the illegality of actions from the Uganda medical workers association.

Saying that “The demand by other doctors and yourselves are genuine, and we have never deviated from them but the methodology is wrong,”

Other members of the task force include state ministers’ of finance, education, public service and the attorney general.

 

Addressing the health workers, deputy attorney general Mwesigwa Rukutana said the government is not in a position to negotiate with an association but only trade unions.

Pointing to an ongoing fight between the medical workers' unions and the doctor's association over who should speak out the issue of salary.

The dissatisfied health workers also condemned the health ministry for failing to handle the matter appropriately and for threatening them.

 

After the meeting, the Daily Monitor reported that government has deployed soldiers to work at Mulago hospital,“ I notified the president that I needed support. He told the army that the Ministry of Health needed support,” Dr Aceng said.

According to the Daily Monitor, All striking doctors have been asked to quit the hospital premises as the government embarks on a recruitment process of new doctors who are willing to work under the current public service terms.

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