Doctors suspend until 16 December

By Moses Ndhaye

The Uganda medical association has suspended industrial action until December 16th to allow the national executive committee to engage with government on the agreed positions so far.

The over 100 doctors voted during a meeting held with state minister for planning David Bahati in Bugolobi, Kampala.

However, the president of the association Dr. Ekaro Obuku has warned that if government fails to honor its commitment they will resume the strike.

He has asked government not to harass any doctor but instead urgently address the plight of all medical workers.

Earlier, Bahati said government now recognizes the association as a strong institution to work with.

Recently the health minister Dr.Jane Acheng said the Uganda Medical Association was not mandated to lead the on-going negotiations with government over the doctors’ strike, calling it illegal.

However, while addressing the doctors this afternoon, Bahati said the association is strong and therefore government is ready to work with it.

 The doctors laid down their tools three weeks ago over poor pay and welfare.