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Angela Ilakut, the Registrar Nurses and Midwifery council told URN that they had chosen to see the accused at a later date.
Members of the Nurses Union after meeting the Minister of Public Service last week

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The Nurses and Midwifery council has abruptly halted the disciplinary proceedings against 71 nurses and Midwives. 

The two-day process that was supposed to end on Wednesday was postponed to this morning.   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.

She 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 allegations.

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.

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