The National Association of Resident Doctors is unfazed by moves by the federal health ministry to replace them in hospitals, days after they went on a strike.
In a circular on Tuesday, the federal health ministry asked chief medical directors and heads of state hospitals to fill vacancies created by striking resident doctors in hospitals and residency training programmes.
The circular said residents had “voluntarily withdrawn from the residency training programme by refusing to report for training without authorisation.”
“This is in spite of the ongoing negotiations on their demands put forward by the representatives of the National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) under the auspices of the Nigerian Medical Association.
It directed hospital heads to “replace all the doctors that have withdrawn their services, with others from the pool of applicants for the training programmes in the various disciplines in order not to create ominous gap in training with attendant disruption of health care delivery in your facility.”
As at Tuesday evening, NARD is locked in a meeting with the health ministry and Speaker of the House of Representatives.
Sources in NARD say the association is unfazed and called moves by the federal health ministry to issue their purported sack while negotiations went on as “a normal thing, a normal package.”
“We knew they will. it is all normal stuff. It was done last time in 2014,” the source said.
Credit: Daily Trust