#BounceExclusive: Patients Groan As LASUTH Doctors Commence Strike
They say where two elephants fight, the grass always suffers.
Daddy Chindinma as he was called sat on a wheel chair with disappointment written all over his face at the waiting room of the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH).
He had come to the hospital hoping to be attended to but was told that the doctors were on industrial action.
He sat at a spot in the waiting room patiently waiting for the person that brought him in to wheel him out.
“I heard about the strike on Monday, but I was thinking the doctors would still be available today at least till evening before the strike is fully enforced.
“I don’t even know what to do now because I’m so used to this hospital.”
Daddy Chindinma is not the only one in this situation as several other patients and family members are lamenting the strike embarked on by the resident doctors of the hospital.
In an emergency press conference held on Saturday at the LASUTH Resident Doctors lounge in Ikeja, the acting President of the association, Dr Ibrahim Ogunbi, lamented the state government’s refusal to employ house officers for the hospital, which had been affecting their work.
Ogunbi said that despite all efforts at negotiating and lobbying to ensure uninterrupted health care service delivery in LASUTH, concrete action had not been implemented.
He said: “After a 21-day ultimatum, which expired on August 23, the congress resolved that the grace of one week be given for the immediate employment of resident doctors which they believe would put an end to the recurrent shortage of doctors in LASUTH.
“Failure to implement this will lead to a total warning strike for 3 days starting from 8:00 a.m. on the 5th of September 2018 followed by an indefinite partial strike during which only emergencies will be attended to until expected response is obtained,” he noted.
When Bounce News visited the hospital, the waiting rooms were scanty, as patients were seen discussing the strike with disappointment boldly written on their faces.
Another patient, Kunle, said he was at the hospital on Tuesday only to be told to come back on Wednesday.
He was, however, surprised that his visit to the hospital on Wednesday, was a waste of time and money.
Kunle was told that doctors were on strike.
A resident doctor, who spoke to Bounce News on condition of anonymity as she was not authorised to speak on the matter said the doctors were officially on strike, but a few were still offering skeletal service.
“We are officially on strike but some of us are still offering skeletal service especially at the intensive care unit for humanity sake.
“We are waiting for the directive of the association on the next line of action,” she said.
Hope the state government will not wait till the condition degeneratesbefore the doctors' demands are addressed.
The clock is ticking.
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