President Meets Medics, Pins Indiscipline as cause of Industrial Action

Tuesday, 31st October 2017
President Yoweri Museveni has said that poor planning and indiscipline are the causes of industrial action.

The President who was today meeting with medical practitioners at State House, Entebbe said that the logic of surviving in adversity is still lacking in the Ministry of Health officials and health workers. He observed that if Health Ministry officials and health were good at planning they would separate crucial recurring and non-recurring problems and address them appropriately.

The President said Directors and Administrators need to focus on problems that keep recurring in the sector.

“On the issue of interns not having accommodation why can’t you build hostels for them near the hospitals?” he asked.

The President explained that if hostels were built for interns it would help the interns be available for work on time and put an end to never ending strikes and complaints about little allowances.

Mr. Museveni said that if the ministry officials and health workers came up with a comprehensive document on health; used the media to educate the public about disease prevention, a lot of money would be saved and used to address some of their grievances.

“You say most of the sicknesses in the country can be prevented. If you could work with the Local Government and address the public about sicknesses in society, the expenditure would go down,” he said.

President Museveni said the Government of Uganda has money but the money cannot address all problems in the country at the same time.

“To you, everything is equal whether it is a recurring problem or not,” he said.
The President advised the medical practitioners not to go on strike over their grievances saying that the report by the Salary Review Committee would be ready by the end of the month.

“It is not necessary to go on industrial action. I am on your side. I want scientists, pilots, doctors and other professionals to get what they would earn in the market if they were working outside the country,” he said.

He said that the Uganda Medical Association should visit the Salary Review Committee and share their views on salaries.

The President also warned hospital administrators about cost sharing treatment in government hospitals. He said he was open to creation of grade As in the hospitals so that people who can afford it can go there.

During the meeting, the President of the Uganda Medical Association, Dr. Ekwaro Obuku, presented proposals to President Museveni that he said would improve health care service provision and reduce the gap in the health service delivery.

Dr. Obuku said that the health of the people of Uganda is a precursor to achieving Vision 2020, 2030 and 2040.