Gov’t To Revise Doctors’ Recruitment Policy

try geneva; font-size: small;”>He said the move is geared towards enhancing positive response to enrollment in hard-to-serve rural areas in the country.

While government remains typically the main provider of health services in Uganda, due to lack of a qualified private sector alternative, the core challenge has for long been to make the rural posting attractive to doctors and nurses.

In a meeting with members of the press in Kampala on Friday, Mbabazi faced up to the fact that the number of qualified doctors at district level remains appallingly low.

“One of the most affected districts is my very own Kanungu, so I am an expert in this problem,” he said.

The Premier revealed that ever since government moved to decentralize recruitment of health workers to local government authority, the entire process has seemed more of a disincentive.

“Some of the doctors feel that being recruited by local authority constrains their advantage.”

Mbabazi also noted that the medics think that being accountable to local leaders at the district limits their chances of development as well as an opportunity to move to better places when need arises.

“We have seen their point; and I have talked to the Minister of Health about it. We are considering the possibility of bringing back recruitment of doctors to the centre.”

He added: “By this they can be rest assured that one is posted to Kanungu for two years after which or at their own request to the appointing officer (central government), they can be moved to a better place of preference.”

It should be noted that last year, government moved to double remuneration of health workers at Health Center IV’s from Ush1.2 million to Ushs2.5 million in a bid to improve enrolment in rural areas.

Mbabazi believes that this has registered some considerable positive response especially in recruitment; doctors countrywide have continued to express dissatisfaction with their general working conditions.

They have relentlessly called for an extra increment on their earnings, better infrastructure including free housing; further training opportunities and better contracts.

A recent study in the country also reveled that flexibility to work on multiple jobs was important to both doctors and nurses, and suggested that government ought to be supple about the issue of dual practice.


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