Government declares doctors’ strike illegal, doctors insist they will not return to work

The health minister Jane Ruth Aceng has called the doctors’ strike illegal and ordered that they return to work forthwith.

In a statement read at a press conference on Thursday night at Health ministry headquarters in Kampala, Aceng said the doctors’ body Uganda Medical Association (UMA), to which she is a member, is an illegal entity and its members never gave a 90-day notification about the strike.

She argued that the leaders of the strike misled interns into the strike, adding that UMA’s president Dr Ekwaro Obuk is having political ambitions and will be dealt with immediately.

Aceng said the concerns of these medics should have been channelled through the Public Service Negotiation and Consultation Council.

However UMA insists they will not return to work.