The Nigerian Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) has issued a threat to suspend work over alleged delay in payment of salaries of some of their colleagues and house officers on the Government Integrated Financial Management Information System (GIFMIS) platform.
1st News garnered that this is ahead of the meeting of the doctors with the leadership of the National Assembly in Abuja on Tuesday, March 9.
Earlier, the doctors in a communiqué issued at the end of its virtual emergency meeting urged the Federal Government to pay the salaries of house officers; and also some resident doctors across the country on or before March 9 or risk industrial action.
In the communiqué signed by the National President of NARD, Dr. Uyilawa Okhuaihesuyi, and the Secretary-General, Dr. Jerry Lsogun, the doctors protested against non-implementation of 50 percent consolidated basic salary; as hazard allowance for all health workers and non-payment of the “medical residency funding” for 2019, 2020 and 2021.
NARD frowned on the alleged imposition of Bench fee payment “which has brought untold hardship in the training of resident doctors” and the failure of the Federal Government to implement all the agreements in the Memorandum of Terms of Settlement (MOTOS) signed on April 21, 2020.
The doctors also cited some issues affecting efficient healthcare delivery in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic; with its catastrophic impact on the country.
NARD demands immediate payment of salaries of its members, and the minimum wage nationwide; adding that all training institutions should be directed to stop the collection of the Bench fee from its members; “since it was not captured in the Residency Training Fund as approved.”
The association said all clinical health workers should be considered for COVID-19 vaccination; and other issues regarding efficient healthcare delivery during the pandemic; as well as inadequate provision of personal protective equipment, should be addressed.