Resident Doctors Threatens To Kick-Start Indefinite Strike On Monday

The National Association of Resident Doctors will kick start an indefinite nationwide strike next Monday.

The National President of the association, Dr. Aliyu Sokomba, in a communique issued at the end of the virtual National Executive Council meeting of the association, held on Wednesday said the strike would continue until its demands were met.available to

In the communique made available toNaija News on Friday, the association noted that the National Executive Council met on September 2, 2020, to review the 21-day ultimatum issued to the government which elapsed 17th of August 2020 and resolved to proceed on indefinite nationwide strike action from Monday 7th of September 2020 by 8:00 am until their demands are met.

The communique stated that NEC observed that despite the inclusion of the residency funding in the revised 2020 budget, the government has not made plans to implement the payment despite several promises by several stakeholders.

The council also noted the failure of the Federal government to procure group life insurance and death in service benefits for all health workers.

“NEC noted that though an agreement has been reached between the government and stakeholders in the health sector to pay COVID-19 Inducement allowance for 6 months (April – September), payment was only commenced for April, May and June in some institution and the process abandoned.

“NEC observed the insincerity of the government in determining the revised hazard allowance for all health workers which was supposed to commence in September 2020.

“NEC noted nonpayment of the outstanding salary shortfall of 2014, 2015, 2016 under the guise of the so-called appeal of the National Industrial Court decision that granted the judgment in favour of the payment in the first place by Federal Ministry of health.

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“NEC observed the plight of her members in state tertiary hospitals such as the non-domestication and non-implementation of Medical Residency Training Act at the state level, the non-implementation of appropriate salary structure, and the nonpayment of owed salaries.” the communique stated.

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