Doctors abandoning hospitals for teaching jobs.
The Minister of Health, Jane Ruth Aceng has called for increased funds to enhance the wages of medical doctors warning that failure to have their salaries increased has seen most medics abandon hospitals to take up teaching jobs in universities across the country.
She made the remarks today, March 12 while presenting a statement on the state of health service delivery in the country where she noted that the National Staffing level is at 73 percent at around 45,029 out of the 61,1796 approved posts filled in the public sector.
He said the target promised to increase to at least 76 percent in 2018/2019 and 80 percent by 2019/20 with 2018/2019 a wage enhancement of Shs150bn provided to the Health Sector.
The Minister added that although the stock of qualified health profession available for employment in the health sector increased from 90,412 in 2017 to 101,350 in June 2018, recruitment is constrained by the limitation of wage and failure to attract and this has mainly affected the specialists due to the low remuneration.
As such, the Ministry of Health requires UGX5.4Bn to recruit specialists for the 13 Regional Referral Hospitals and the 14 general hospitals which have been rehabilitated to fill in the gaps.