Home | News    Wednesday 18 May 2011

Sudanese doctors go on strike

separation
increase
decrease
separation
separation

May 17, 2011 (KHARTOUM) – A large number of hospitals across Sudan were paralyzed as doctors went on strike to protest what they allege as backtracking by the government in fulfilling its promised obligations related to improving pay and work conditions.

JPEG - 20.5 kb
Khartoum Teaching Hospital (Wikimedia)

Physicians working in emergency units were excluded from the strike.

The health ministry was quick to downplay the impact of the strike and organized a tour for media organizations to ascertain that work in hospitals has not been affected.

Former president of the Physicians Committee Ahmad Al-Abwabi said their options are not limited to strikes and warned security agencies against attacking doctors by arresting or beating them up as it happened in the past.

The ministry issued a statement stressing its commitment and interest in professional development and improvement of training for doctors and other medical staff alike.

The Undersecretary for health ministry Essam El-Din Muhammad Abdullah commended sacrifices made by doctors for the sake of patients and alleviating their suffering.

The health official said that the ministry has long been working on improving the working conditions of doctors and workers in the health sector and attributed the success of these endeavors that led to the payment of benefits to all the doctors in the past.

He added that the ministry managed in coordination with the Ministry of Finance to disburse the premium pay for 1,350 doctors and Vice specialists in excess of 2.5 million Sudanese pounds. On top of that the cash in lieu was paid covering until the end of 2011 along with clothing allowance for the current year and the meal allowance until the end of April.

Sudanese doctors have been in constant wrangling with the health ministry since last year claiming they have millions in back wages and also demanded a pay increase as well as improving housing and work environment.

Despite repeated promises to resolve the grievances, doctors claim that the pledges went unfulfilled. The government accused political parties of infiltrating the doctors driven by their own agendas.

On Tuesday, Islamist opposition figure Hassan Al-Turabi told Reuters that Sudanese doctors are working under difficult conditions.

"Look at doctors. They do not make enough to buy a car or a house. They go abroad for work, they work in Saudi Arabia," he said.

Sudan is going through an economic crisis caused by drop in foreign investments and lower oil prices which led to larger budget deficit and acute shortage in foreign exchange reserves.

This year the government approved a set of austerity measures aimed at curtailing spending.

(ST)

Comments on the Sudan Tribune website must abide by the following rules. Contravention of these rules will lead to the user losing their Sudan Tribune account with immediate effect.

- No inciting violence
- No inappropriate or offensive language
- No racism, tribalism or sectarianism
- No inappropriate or derogatory remarks
- No deviation from the topic of the article
- No advertising, spamming or links
- No incomprehensible comments

Due to the unprecedented amount of racist and offensive language on the site, Sudan Tribune tries to vet all comments on the site.

There is now also a limit of 400 words per comment. If you want to express yourself in more detail than this allows, please e-mail your comment as an article to comment@sudantribune.com

Kind regards,

The Sudan Tribune editorial team.

Comment on this article


 
 

The following ads are provided by Google. SudanTribune has no authority on it.


Sudan Tribune

Promote your Page too

Latest Comments & Analysis


Unity of Bentiu communities 2016-06-26 22:54:17 By Hon Lam Tungwar Kueigwong The Northern Liech State Government, under the Leader of Gen. Salva Kiir Mayardit President of Republic of South Sudan and the State Governor Dr Joseph Nguen (...)

JMEC’s statement on the despairing situation of South Sudan 2016-06-26 18:37:50 By James Okuk, PhD In the Opening statement delivered to the members during the plenary meeting in Juba on 23rd June 2016 by H.E. Festus G. Mogae, the Chairperson of the Joint Monitoring and (...)

Are we having only sixteen corrupt officials in South Sudan? 2016-06-26 04:36:33 By Peter Gai Manyuon The major corruption scandals since the beginning of the self-rule has been the so-called “Dura Saga” although there have been dozens of other significant instances of a (...)


MORE






Latest Press Releases


Sudanese students, activists are at risk of torture: HRW 2016-05-25 14:40:51 Human Rights Watch Sudan: Students, Activists at Risk of Torture Free Detainees; Investigate Abuses (Nairobi, May 25, 2016) – Sudanese national security officials have detained dozens of (...)

South Sudan: Civilians Killed, Tortured in Western Region 2016-05-24 22:01:01 Human Rights Watch For Immediate Release South Sudan: Civilians Killed, Tortured in Western Region Provide Justice for Army Abuses in Western Regions (Nairobi, May 24, 2016) – South Sudanese (...)

Open Letter to President Salva Kiir and 1st Vice President Dr. Riek Machar 2016-04-18 12:36:12 South Sudan Women United April 15, 2016 Your Excellencies: South Sudan Women United writes to congratulate you both on the steps you are taking towards ending violence in South Sudan and (...)


MORE

Copyright © 2003-2016 SudanTribune - All rights reserved.