A group of over 1000 medical students have decided to drag the Minister of Health, Dr Ruth Aceng and
The Attorney General to the High Court in Kampala over the new internship policy.
The group Led by Emma Amadriyo, is opposed to the introduction of new conditions set for internship that include a mandatory two year service at government health facility and also restricting their access to supervised practical training at various centers.
The embattled medical students now want court to issue an order quashing the new guidelines and order for necessary arrangement to ensure that they are posted to internship/training centers to receive supervised practical training and paid the same emoluments as the former interns.
On 7 September 2016, the Minister of Health announced a drastic reversal of the internship policy while appearing before Parliament’s Committee on Health to explain why there had been an unusual delay in posting the applicants to the various internship/training centers countrywide.
The new policy seeks to reduce the number of medical students who will henceforth be admitted on the ministry’s internship program and to vary the terms and conditions of service for an intern.