Busia County Doctors on Strike over promotions

Doctors and health workers in Busia county have today started officially their strike to protest failure by the county government to promote them as they agreed late last year.

The medics have told journalists in Busia town that although some of them have received promotion letters, the names and numbers on those letters do not match thus raising doubts over the authenticity of the letters.

The strike has affected all public hospitals and health centres across the County including Busia County Referral Hospital.

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Late last year the medics went on strike raising a total of eleven grievances. During this period four people reportedly lost their lives.

This even as casual workers at Alupe Sub County hospital in Teso South have worked for eight months without salary.

Yesterday Budalangi MP Ababu Namwamba who visited the facility said he will follow up the issue but raised concerns over the state of healthcare in the county,
“This is a serious issue. People taking care or patients working on empty stomach? This is unacceptable. And it confirms what we have been saying that the health sector in this County is in ICU.”

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