Ugandan gov’t fires striking medical intern doctors.
The Director of Medical Services in the Ministry of Health Dr Henry Mwebesa has written to all Hospital Directors and Medical Supretendants and Medical Internship Sites directing them to ensure that all interns who are on strike leave the premises within one week.
The directive is contained in the letter dated 10th December 2021, Dr Mwebesa noted that despite the government assurances to medical Interns that their enhanced medical allowance would be paid, the interns have continued to on with the strike since 6th December 2021.
Dr Mwebesa noted that the Parliament has since approved a supplementary budget to pay the enhanced medical allowances for interns and is awaiting the Ministry of Finance, Planning and Economic Development to release the funds.
It is reported that the medical Interns have 2 months to complete their second rotation of training after which they will be registered with Professional Councils of Medical, Pharmacist and Nurses, thus opening their way to the job market.
Dr Mwebesa said that the top management at the Ministry of Health have since noted that the interns have been absent from their training sites for 3 weeks.
It’s from this situation that the Ministry of Health is now directing the striking medical Interns to vacate the training sites to give room for the new interns who are supposed to occupy the sites beginning 2022.
Dr Mwebesa said that as soon the enhancement funds for medical Interns is received, the government will pay the interns arrears up to the time of the strike and the interns on strike are now directed to find their way to complete their training.
Dr Mwebesa asked the Hospital Directors and Medical Supretendants to effect the directives with immediate effect.