Suspended Strike: Resident Doctors Give Government More Time
When resident doctors in Nigeria suspended their industrial action on September 14, they gave the government 2 weeks to show that it is committed to meeting its side of the agreement.
The time frame ended last week but the National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) has decided to pick its first option which provides a window for the government to fulfill its promise.
Dr Olusegun Olaopa is the President of the Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) in the University College Hospital in Ibadan, Oyo State and he told Bounce News that the executives of the union had followed up on the government to see how committed it is.
"For now, we are going with the first option and that is giving them a little more time while engaging them in more talks.
"There were 6 demands that led to the strike.
"Out of the 6 they have attended to about 2, but they have not totally solved it.
"On the other 4, we are seeing files moving from office to office," he said.
According to him, officials of the union had travelled to Abuja to monitor the progress and they were convinced the government is making efforts to resolve the issues.
On NARD's next line of action, Dr. Olaopa said there would be a meeting with the government on November 2, where the situation would be appraised.
Some of the issues the resident doctors had brought before the government are non-payment of salary arrears, sacking of some of their colleagues, non-payment of “skipping’’ entitlement and the non-inclusion in IPPIS platform.
November 2, will be another day for decision making and it is just a month away. Tick Tock...Tick Tock