Minister for Public Service Wilson Muruli Mukasa
Minister for Public Service, Wilson Muruli Mukasa addressing journalists.

Ministry of Public Service: Uganda government propose to raise the retirement age for only doctors, not every public servant

Minister for Public Service, Wilson Muruli Mukasa has denied reports that government is set to raise the retirement age from 60 to 70 years for all State workers.

He says the plan is only prepared for people serving in the medical field.

“Among the proposals for review is the provision for employment of medical specialists beyond the mandatory retirement age of 60 years,” Minister for Public Service Mukasa said.

Mukasa made the remarks while addressing journalists at Uganda Media Centre in Kampala to clarify statements that were already circulating that government raises the retirement age for all public servants.

He said the resolution was made after several consultations from the Ministry of Health.

In this, they decided to extend doctors retirement age in specialised fields of neuro-surgery, pathology, cardiology, psychiatry, anaesthesia, haematology, oncology among others.

Mukasa says the number of Doctors coming out is low and yet there’s rapid population growth in the country which prompted them to review the retirement age for medical doctors in this country.

“The other circumstances that have necessitated this provision is the advancement in health care that Uganda needs to adopt,” Mukasa said.

Additionally, Mukasa says there’s need to employ again the retired Doctors because statistics state that only 339 positions that require Medical specialists are occupied out of 688 positions.

“Where there is a critical need and the officer meets the criteria for contract employment, then they will be re-deployed,” Mukasa said.

He, however, continued to say that; “Each contract will be for a duration of three years each and they will be eligible to a maximum of three contracts subject to a personal medical fitness assessment report by the medical board.”

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Dr Ekwaro Obuku, president Uganda Medical Association said Uganda still needs more specialised medical workers, particularly in Neurology Department, at the launch of a free medical camp at ISBAT University in Kampala.

“We have less than 15 neurosurgeons but we need more than 30 in number. Each of the 15 referrals all over the country to have at least one neurosurgeon,” Dr Obuku said.