Friday, 27 November 2015

UBTH Resident Doctors Suspend Warning Strike

Resident doctors at the University of Benin Teaching Hospital (UBTH) have suspended the seven-day warning strike which they embarked upon over alleged mismanagement by authorities of the hospital.

The doctors, under the aegis of the Association of Resident Doctors, had in a statement signed by its chapter President, Dr. Omorogbe Owen, on November 22 accused the management of the institution of mismanagement and exploitation of patients.

But the Chairman of the Medical Advisory Committee, Prof. Gabriel Ofovwe, has declared the accusations as falsified saying, “The amount charged as bed fee per day is N1,200 and not N3,900, as alleged by the ARD. We build-in the cost and return of our services before we charge patients and we have a booklet containing all these charges.”

Ofovwe explained that it was impossible for the hospital to offer services free to patients, as such would financially ground the institution.

Dr Owen told a Punch correspondent on the telephone that the strike was suspended on Wednesday, following the intervention of the Minister of Health (State), Dr. Osagie Ehanire, and some stakeholders, including traditional rulers.

He added that members of the association had been directed to resume work as few of the emoluments have been paid and the minister has promised to ensure that other payments are paid.



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