The Nurses and Midwifery council has abruptly halted
the disciplinary proceedings against 71 nurses and Midwives.
two-day process that was supposed to end on Wednesday was postponed to
But it was again postponed.
Angela Ilakut, the Registrar Nurses and Midwifery council told URN that they had chosen
to see the accused at a later date.
however, didn’t give reasons for the decision.
Nurses from different health
facilities across the country had in a July 8 letter been summoned by
Ilakut to appear before the disciplinary committee over a host of
They include among others professional
misconduct, negligence, forged practicing licenses and academic
certificates, absenteeism and taking on roles not designated to them by
law as nursing officer.
Justus Cherop Kiplangat, the president
of the Uganda Nurses and Midwives Union, says they have already lined up a team
of lawyers to defend their members despite the fact that they were never
informed about what was happening.
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He said while they don’t condone unprofessionalism, he argues
that some nurses could have been overwhelmed by the challenges of limited human
resource and lack of work tools.
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However, sources that declined to be named said
the nurses might be victims of circumstances arising from infighting
within the council and errors created by the Interdicted Registrar,
Rebecca Nassuna who is accused of fraudulently registering nurses that
don’t possess the requisite documents.
But Uganda Radio Network couldn’t verify this
because Nassuna declined to respond to the allegations when contacted.