The Association of Resident Doctors at the Federal Medical Centre (FMC), Umuahia, Abia State are set to recommence their strike this weekend.
In a written notice to the hospital's management, the ARD said the management of the hospital did not honour the agreement that was reached on October 5, 2015, after the intervention of Abia State prominent elder statesman, Chief Benjamin Apugo, which led to the suspension of their strike on October 6.
The letter titled “Notice of Withdrawal of Services” dated, 16th of November 2015, addressed to the Medical Director, Dr. Chuku Abali and signed by the Association’s President and General Secretary, Dr. Okeke Arinze and Dr. Ezuruike Ezinwa, the ARD warned that it will withdraw the services of its members from 00.00 hours on Saturday, November 28, 2015, if the agreement reached between both parties was not honoured.
Before the previous strike was suspended, the management had agreed to conditions given by the association, which included: the immediate recommencement of resident doctors’ call meals and the payment of 50 per cent proper placement for October 2015 to Senior Registrars and continued payment to all Registrars and Senior Registrars in subsequent salaries.
Other conditions were the payment of arrears of proper placement to out-gone and present house officers and the immediate payment of monetized call meals to their residents from July 8, 2015, to November 28 2015, the period of which no call meal was made available to doctors on call.
Speaking further on the development, the ARD, President, FMC, Dr. Arinze, said the two (2) weeks stay of execution given to FMC management was to give peace a chance despite the efforts of Dr. Abaliled administration to portray the ARD as strike mongers.
I could not help but notice how food kept coming up---it's difficult to work without food when on call.