By Francis Lubega
27th May 2022
A section of Members of Parliament have warned the Prime Minister Robinah Nabbanja against her threatening messages to the striking doctors.
Nabanjja while in her home district Kakumiro on Thursday said that all doctors threatening to go on strike should do it at their own risk of losing jobs and the government is not willing to increase their salaries over and above what has been appropriated in the next financial year.
However, speaking to some MPs including Iki-Iki county representative Robert Kasolo and Kalungu East legislature Francis Katabazi say the government should rather engage the doctors on how to resolve the salary disputes than issuing threatening statements to medical workers.
Kasolo also further urged the doctors to act human by following their code of conduct and the oath of allegiance to saving people’s life first then salaries will follow.
Thousands of Allied Health Workers who comprise of Laboratory Technicians, Pharmacists, Clinical Officers, dentists, environmental health officers and occupational therapists among others under their body, the Uganda Allied Health Professionals Association went on strike last week after the expiry of the 21- day ultimatum they gave the government to look into their demand for salary increment.
These were this week joined by the Nurses and Midwives under their body the Uganda Nurses and Midwives Union -UNMU over low pay.