Resident doctors suspend strike after truce with FG

Resident doctors suspend strike after truce with FG

The National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) have suspended their nationwide industrial action.

This decision came 10 days after the doctors commenced the strike; leaving many patients unattended across various government-owned hospitals in the country.

The President of NARD, Dr Uyilawa Okhuaihesuyi, confirmed the suspension of the strike on Saturday, April 10, in Abuja, the nation’s capital.

He also explained that the leadership of the union took the decision to suspend the industrial action; after a virtual meeting with members which lasted about 15 hours.

“We have suspended our strike after our meeting which ended about an hour ago,” said Dr Okhuaihesuyi.

Asked to clarify whether the strike was called off or suspended, he responded, “No, we have only suspended.”

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He added that a communique to that effect was being put together and would be made available to the media before the end of Saturday.

The doctors suspended the strike barely a day after a meeting between the leadership of the union and the Federal Government.

Dr Chris Ngige, the Minister of Labour and Employment, chaired the meeting which lasted about six hours; and was also attended by the Minister of State for Health, Dr Olorunnimbe Mamora.

Briefing reporters on Friday at the end of the meeting; Ngige disclosed that a five-man committee had been set up to look into some of the doctors’ demands.

They included Dr Okhuaihesuyi, the Secretary-General of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA); as well as representatives from the ministries of labour and health.

According to the minister, the committee is expected to look at the non-payment of House Officers’ salaries within 72 hours; and also produce a valid list to the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS); through the Federal Ministry of Health.

On the issue of salary shortfall of resident doctors from 2014 to 2016, he said the meeting resolved that NARD and the Committee of Chief Medical Doctors should immediately submit a list of affected institutions and personnel strength, to be captured in the 2021 supplementary budget, with arrears from April 2019 to December 2019, as contained in the Memorandum of Action signed at the meeting.

 

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