Patients at the University College Hospital (UCH) in Ibadan may have to make alternative arrangement for their treatments, as doctors in the hospital will begin an indefinite strike on September 4.

The planned strike was announced on Wednesday by the President, Association of Resident Doctors of the UCH Ibadan chapter, Dr. Olusegun Olaopa.

Dr. Olaopa told the News Agency of Nigeria in Ibadan that the decision was in line with a directive from the National Executive Council of the National Association of Resident Doctors, (NARD).

Members of the association in UCH had been mobilised to commence the industrial action until the Federal Government accedes to the demands of the national body, he stated.

According to Olaopa, the national body of the association had in a statement directed all members to begin indefinite strike as from September 4.

“The association has resolved to proceed on indefinite industrial action from Monday, September 4, 2017, until all these issues are permanently resolved.

“So, in compliance with this directive, all resident doctors in UCH will join their counterparts in Nigeria to embark on an indefinite strike,” he said.

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The strike notice, he cited was signed by Dr John Onyebueze and Dr Aneke Emmanuel, the National President and Secretary, National Association of Resident Doctors of Nigeria (NARD) respectively.

According to him, neither the federal nor state governments has shown commitment to the resolution of issues at stake nor honoured the previous agreements with the doctors.

Some of the issues causing the agitation are persistent shortfalls and unpaid arrears of salaries in both federal and state tertiary health institutions.

Another issue raised was the enrolment of resident doctors into the integrated Personnel Payroll Information System (IPPIS) since 2003.

The doctors are also complaining about the stagnation of promotion and non-promotion of members who have met the requisite criteria and non-implementation of adjusted House Officers’ Entry grade level equivalent since 2014.

Resident doctors in UCH had on January 6, 2017 embarked on a day protest rally over non-payment of their November and December 2016 salaries.

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