Resident Doctors commence indefinite strike

Resident Doctors commence indefinite strike

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The National Association of Resident Doctors in federal teaching hospitals has began an indefinite strike in response to the non payment of salaries of some of its members.

President of the association, Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospital Complex, Ile-Ife, Dr. Wole Ayegbusi, said this while speaking with journalists in Osogbo. According to him, the strike, which was bent on driving home their demands started on Monday morning.

He said, ” We have started an indefinite strike this morning to drive home our demands. The most saddening part of it is that our members in the state teaching hospitals have not been paid for 10 months‎ and these are some of the members that are rendering essential services. We need to realise that, we cannot be comparing doctors to other civil servants because if they(civil servants) fall sick and doctors are not well paid, they will never be well attended to.

“You  will be surprised that today, some federal teaching hospitals have not paid December salaries, which is unfair because it affects our productivity. Also some of our members have been sacked for an unjust cause and several times we have made  efforts to dialogue with the Federal Ministry of Health but maybe due to their  selfish reason or incompetence , we have not been able to actualise that. Most of the community people are poor and they cannot travel abroad to get treatment.”

Ayegbusi  stated further that the associated resorted to the strike option because it seemed to be the only move the government would respond to.

“We want this strike to end as soon as possible because it is an avoidable one. I can see no reason why the Federal Government cannot answer our prayers. When President   Muhammadu Buhari came to office he promised to fulfill all the agreements we have had with the government before he assumed office but nothing was done even after the ultimatum we gave,” he added.

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