Just In: Government, Resident Doctors In Closed-Door Meeting
The meeting to resolve the strike by resident doctors is ongoing in Abuja.
The meeting had in attendance the Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige, Minister of State in the ministry, Prof. Stephen Ocheni, the Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole and the Minister of State for Health Dr Osagie Ehanire.
Also in the government team was the Permanent Secretary at the Office of Head of Service and the Charman Salaries and Wages Commission Richard Egbule.
The striking resident doctors team comprised of the National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) and NMA executive officers and the Chairman of Committee of Chief Medical Directors of Teaching Hospitals, Prof. Thomas Agan.
Before the closed-door meeting started, Ngige accused NARD of breaching the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) that was entered into last week.
He said, “Once conciliation starts by the government, no employer has the right to embark on strike.
“By going on strike you have breached Section 18 of the Trade Dispute Act of 2004.”
But the NMA National President, Dr. Mike Ogirima said that the doctors were in the meeting to listen to the government team.
He said, “We have listened to you that is why we are here. We hope that the trust that wasn’t there when the MoU was signed will be there now and there are evidence of implementations of the agreement.”