The Uganda Medical and Dental Practitioners’ Council (UMDPC), has revealed that more than 1,000 medical practitioners did not renew their licenses by end of 2014.
According to the Council’s Registrar Dr. Katumba Sentongo, 438 of the 1,000 unlicensed medical practitioners are specialists in various ailments.
Dr. Katumba attributes the situation to the loopholes in the enforcement of the law governing the Council and less manpower to monitor medical practitioners in the country.
He also says that is hard for the council to follow up the specialized practitioners because they have other fields of practice other than medicine.
According to the State Minister for Health, Dr. Chris Baryomunsi, the unlicensed practitioners are likely to cause a crisis in the country in terms of health service delivery.
The minister says that the ministry is to review all licenses of medical practitioners.
The Auditor General in his report for the year ending 30th June 2014, advised the Council to establish regional centers in the regional referral hospitals to enable specialists register and renew their licenses with convenience.