Soroti hospital paralysed as medical interns go on strike

Interns on medical practice at Soroti regional referral hospital have put down their tools over the ministry of health’s failure to settle their unpaid salaries and allowances since August.
The interns who laid down the tools on Tuesday claim their living conditions now do not warrant them being at hospital anymore.
The interns’ chairperson Mr Isaac Orec told Daily Monitor that because of the unpaid salaries and accommodation allowances they are most likely to work out modalities of sharing their 23 rooms amongst the 36 interns after landlords issued eviction letters to 13 of their colleagues after they failed to clear rent for three months.

He said that they wrote to the permanent secretary ministry of health and the minister over the issue but surprisingly, they on wrote a letter last week calling for calm as they are not certain when the payments will be settled.
When contacted on the matter, Ms Rukia Nakamatte, the communications officer Ministry of health attributed the problem to a ‘slight’ delay by the finance ministry to release the funds.
“We had not received the funds from the finance ministry for the last quarter until last week. But it is currently being credited to respective accounts of the different hospitals across the country,” she said.
Ms Nakamatte further explained that there are other hospitals which were also affected by the delay and added that by next week, all the hospitals across the country shall have received their money.

SOURCE: Daily Monitor

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