Medical doctors under the platform of the National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) are to proceed on a 5-day nationwide industrial strike action.
Speaking in a Press Conference today in Abuja, the President of NARD, Dr. Muhammad Askira told newsmen that the strike action was inevitable following the inability of Federal Government to resolve outstanding issues.
Some of the unresolved issues include:
1. Implementation of Skipping and all accrued arrears;
2. Untold hardship suffered by doctors in State University Teaching Hospitals (SUTHs);
3. Unpaid December salaries;
4. Recall of unfairly sacked residents;
5. Uncorrected fractions of salaries
6. House officers entry steps, among others.
Resident doctors at Federal hospitals including UBTH, UCH and LUTH have not been paid December salaries unlike their non-doctor counterparts, while new entry steps for house officers are yet to be implemented.
Some hospitals still bar doctors from skipping a pay grade unlike non-doctor after a court ruling allowed the practice, and arrears that have accrued from years of the practice are yet to be paid to doctors.
NARD is also aggrieved that a government committee to consider reintroduction of residency training programme is yet to take off and that its members who were unfairly sacked are yet to be recalled.
The Press Conference was the aftermath of the Extraordinary General Meeting (EGM) held in Abuja on Sunday, May 8, 2016.
NARD resolved to embark on a 5-day warning strike to drive home their points. The strike begins on Wednesday, May 11 and ends on Monday, May 16, 2016 where work is expected to resume.
Below is the complete communique released at the end of the EGM.
Knowing how catastrophic strike actions by doctors can be, we hope the Federal Government will see to a speedy resolution of the crisis.