Cabinet forms committee to end doctors strike


Government says a multi sectoral sub-committee of Cabinet has been set up to attend to the doctors’ industrial demands and arrive at an amicable and sustainable settlement that will see them get back to work.

This was announced by Prime Minister, Dr Ruhakana Rugunda, on Monday evening after a briefing by the health minister, Dr Jane Ruth Aceng.

“Cabinet today established a Committee to engage doctors to bring the industrial action to an end,” Rugunda said.

The committee comprises of the ministry of Health, Finance, Public Service, Attorney General and ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development.

This comes on the same day that interns also resolved to push their strike to the limit until government listens to them.

The Uganda Medical Association (UMA) earlier threatened to withdraw emergency health services citing threats from government.

As part of their demands, the doctors want government to review their salaries which would see an intern doctor earn Shs8.5million as opposed to the current Shs960, 000 before tax.

They also want a medical officer or teaching assistant to be paid Shs15 million and accorded a two-bedroom house plus a 2.5cc vehicle.