Resident Doctors Begin Indefinite Strike
These are though days for the Buhari led federal government. Lecturers have are demanding change and doctors are joining the ranks.
Resident doctors in government hospitals have commenced an indefinite strike.
This follows the inability of government to meet their demands.
Last week, the doctors under the umbrella of National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) met with the Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige and the Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole.
A one paragraph statement signed by NARD President, Dr. Onyebueze John on Monday in Abuja read, “Rising from our NEC meeting, which started by 7pm yesterday and ended 3am today. NARD has resolved to reject the promissory offer from Government, and proceed on total and indefinite strike action until all items in her demand list for strike action are resolved by Government.”
The members of NARDs are demanding for the resolution of persistent shortfalls and unpaid arrears of salaries earned in both federal and state tertiary health institutions.
Other issues are the enrolment of resident doctors into the Integrated Personnel Payroll Information System (IPPIS) since 2003, and non-implementation of adjusted House Officers’ Entry grade level equivalent since 2014.
The resident doctors are also asking for the resolution of issues around their stagnation of promotion and non-promotion of members who have met requisite criteria despite all collective bargaining agreements and circulars.