By our reporter
Intern doctors have announced a total withdrawal of all labour services in government hospitals including emergence services citing continued threats by government.
According to the striking medical interns, their decision has already taken effect starting today.
The interns demand a pay rise of shs2.5 million in order to call off the strike.
Recently, health Minister Dr. Jane Ruth Aceng while addressing the media declared the strike illegal observing that Uganda Medical Association (UMA) which organized the strike is not a registered union to lobby for labour rights.
She ordered all doctors and intern doctors to resume work at once; directs UMA officials to stop interfering with Association members willing to work; promised protection for doctors who get back to work; and, says intern doctors who fail to comply will have their internships terminated and have to reapply.
The medical workers declared strike last week at their annual general assembly held at Makerere University College of Health Sciences in Mulago which strike has paralyzed health care services in all public hospitals across the country.
Apparently, doctors demand increment in salaries and duty allowances of health professionals, review the supply chain and management of medicines, vaccines and medical supplies, as well as disband the State House Medicine and Health Service Delivery Monitoring Unit.
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