The minister of Health, Jane Ruth Aceng, says government will maintain the current salaries of all medical workers in the country until a comprehensive salary structure review of all public servants.
Aceng disclosed this on Wednesday at press conference held at the government owned Media Center on the ongoing strike by medical doctors across the country.
The medical doctors laid down their tools at midnight on Monday to compel government to give them a pay rise and improve their welfare. They vowed not to resume work until government addresses their concerns.
The health workers want government to increase the salary of medical interns from Shs 960,000 to Shs 8.5 million. They also want medical and teaching assistants to earn Shs 15 million, get a two-bedroom house and a 2.5cc vehicle.
They also want government to pay a senior consultant doctor or professor Shs 48 million including allowances; provide them a five-bedroom house, 4.0cc vehicle and three domestic workers. Currently, a senior consultant doctor earns about Shs 3.4 million, consultant Shs 2.6 million, and a medical officer Shs 1.1 million.
The doctors also want salaries for nurses and midwives enhanced to about Shs 6.5 million besides providing them a three-bedroomed house, 2.0cc vehicle and one domestic worker. However, Aceng says government will only act once the salary harmonization process is completed.
David Karubanga, Public Service state minister, says they will engage Uganda Medical Workers’ Union and Uganda Nurses and Midwives Union on the doctor’s strike.