Medical Association (UMA) has tasked parliament to prioritize revamping of the
economy and the Health Sector in 2022/2023.
Parliament through its sectoral committees is currently scrutinizing the 43
trillion Shillings National Budget Framework Paper tabled by the Ministry of
Finance in December 2021.
“We are hopeful that the government is prioritizing paying 5 million
Shillings to medical officers as starting salary as promised and directed by
the President earlier and increments for medical professionals up to the level
of Senior Consultant by the beginning of July 2022,” said Dr. Sam Oledo, the
While addressing Journalists on Sunday at Mulago hospital, Dr. Sam Oledo,
the UMA president warned that if the presidential directives on the health
sector are not captured in the Budget Framework Paper by 1st May 2022, the
doctors are to embark on another industrial action and only attend to emergency
Oledo requested Parliament’s Health Committee and the Budget Committee to
ensure that the directives are included in the 2022/2023 budget. He disagreed
with the phased approach as has been stated by some government officials.
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The Uganda Medical Association also asked Parliament to ensure
appropriation of funds for recruitment of more health workers and others.
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He also noted a discrepancy in the payment of medical interns and Senior House
Officers- SHOs 2.5 million Shillings and deduction of only 10 percent Pay As
You Earn -PAYE tax as directed by the President.
“As we speak today the money is already on individuals’ accounts,
although this has not yet been implemented with Senior House Officers in private
universities as was agreed with the President that all SHOs must benefit from
this fund,” said Oledo.
He also noted that some public hospitals have applied different tax deductions
of 30 percent and 34 percent away from the 10 percent tax deduction directive
by President Museveni.
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In November 2021, President Yoweri Museveni met leaders of the Uganda
Medical Association (UMA) and agreed to enhance doctors’ salaries in the next
financial year and give each a tax-free vehicle.
The emergency meeting at State House Entebbe was a move to end the doctors’
strike, which caused devastating effects on patients due to service delivery
The medics, then wanted the government to enhance their salary, improve
the infrastructure in public health facilities such as intensive care units,
ensure uninterrupted supply of medicines and personal protective equipment as
well as avail more ambulances for Covid-19 case management, among others.
A statement issued by State House, then indicated that the President
directed that all doctors should be employed as soon as they qualify and
emphasized that the government is fully committed to providing enhanced
salaries not only to medical personnel but also to all scientists.
“All the medical doctors should be employed by the government once they
complete their studies. The Ministry of Health should move forward with the program
of employing more health personnel. The government is fully committed to
personnel protection while they perform their duties. We have the role of
providing personal protection equipment. It is logical to provide the essential
medical facilities as opposed to giving out risk allowances,” read part of the