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Nurses and Midwives have petitioned Parliament for an increment in their salaries.

In a Plenary sitting chaired by Deputy Speaker Thomas Tayebwa on Wednesday 4th May 2022, Maracha East County MP, Ruth Lematia presented a petition on salary enhancement discrepancies for nurses and interns in line with the collective bargaining agreement and Presidential Directive for Financial Year 2022/23.

Lematia said that close to 70% of the health workers in the country are nurses and midwives. He was concerned that nurses and midwives have often been marginalized and forgotten as medical practitioners.

She said that training, the commitment the nurses and midwives injected into the health sector and tremendous effort invested in supporting the healthcare system at all levels continue to be disgruntled and demotivated due to the continued underpayment and not being recognized.

The MP also raised concern over the salary discrepancies between nurses and midwives and other medical workers, delays by the Government to regularise nursing and midwives’ terms of service, and that the Government should desist from advertising jobs that give a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing as an added advantage.

The Ugandan Government has signed a Collective Bargaining Agreement with the Public Service Unions Including Uganda Nurses and Midwives Union to increase their Salaries. This came after Nurses and Midwives through their Uganda Nurses and Midwives Union threatened to strike starting 24th June 2018, over low salaries and allowances. The agreement will see Nurses and Midwives benefit from the salary enhancement starting in the financial year 2018/2019.

Lematia appealed for goodwill from the Government to ensure that the collective bargaining agreement and Presidential Directive for Financial Year 2022/23 are implemented, the re-designation of nurses and midwives is fast-tracked and the salary discrepancy between nurses and midwives and other medical workers is harmonized.

She called upon the Government to harmonize the salary discrepancies between nurses and midwives and other medical workers.

The Deputy Speaker, Thomas Tayebwa, referred the petition to the Committee on Public Service and Local Government for consideration and report back to Parliament.

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