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Doctors blast Gov’t: Stop taking us for granted, Are we your children?

Doctors under their umbrella of the Uganda Medical Association have called upon government to become considerate empathetic especially while taking critical decisions

Speaking during the stakeholders meeting organized by the Prime Minister Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda, threatened to withdraw emergency services in all public hospitals if government continued with its arrogance in regard with the issue of settling their grievances.

This multi-sectorial sub-committee was established to review and persuade the doctors to return to work but its unfortunate that this meeting with the Uganda Medical Association ended in another stalemate as Minister Rukutana insisted on the issue that he can’t negotiate their pay since they are being affiliated to an illegal body.

The Association President Dr. Ekwaru Obuku said that Doctors will not continue working on intimidation from the state.

He added that they not children to backed at because of demanding for their rights.

“We are not children, intimidation must stop yesterday. I don’t work for government, I will just tell you the truth straight in the face. Let’s address the problems & leave Obuku alone.” He told government officials.

Last week the government ordered the doctors back to work, prompting them to hit back at health minister Dr. Ruth Achieng and threaten to withdraw emergency health services.

However, Obuku maintains that their industrial action until government improves salary and working condition.

The meeting was also attended by the Attorney General William Byaruhanga, Health minister Ruth Achieng, Education Minister Chrsystom Muyingo and David Bahati the state minister in charge of planning.


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