Mulago Diverts 2Bn to Building Staff Houses

Mulago Hospital

The officials of National Referral Hospital Mulago have diverted Shs1.7bn meant for critical activities to the unbudgeted construction of more staff houses.

The development emerged on Wednesday during the Public Accounts Committee meeting of Parliament where the Mulago administrators were tasked to explain the queries outlined in the Auditor General’s report of 2015.

The Auditor General’s findings concluded that National Referrals expenditure of financial year 2013/2014 registered gross mismanagement of accounts and mischarges totaling to 1.7 Billion shillings and general administrative mismanagement.

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MPs on the Committee chaired by the Soroti woman representative, click Angelina Osege raised strong concerns that the mismanagement of accounts, diversion of public funds and under staffing which they said was a big obstacle in delivery of health services in Mulago that receives over one thousand case a day.

“It is sad to realize that money meant for buying important items like machines for complicated diseases were diverted to building houses that were not planned for, ” Ms. Osege said.

The Committee also learned that funds for the recruitment of more staffs were being given annually but the administrators decided to do the money with other things even when the hospital is overwhelmed with ever increasing number of patients.

The hospital is said to be currently having a deficit of 324 staff and staffing levels stand at 83.1 percent dropping from last year’s 88 percent rate.

The Executive Director Dr. Byarugaba Batoneno however defended the practice at his institution and instead blamed the colonial management structure still operating that he says can only perform below
expectations of the public.

It was also revealed that Mulago failed to collect money from debtors including Sheraton Hotel and Vision group and also failed to declare receipts from Uganda Revenue Authority to the auditor General.


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