Tuesday, 5 January 2016

Osun State Doctors Refuse To Sign Attendance Registers

In a bid to force doctors back to work after the 7-days ultimatum issued by Aregbesola, Osun State authorities opened attendance registers for doctors to sign at the state hospital.

But in defiance,  doctors have refused to sign the register saying, they preferred to be sacked than to be coerced into receiving half salaries.

The controversial registers were moved to the hospitals when doctors refused to sign at the ministry with an alleged threat that any doctor that failed to sign the register would be sacked.

According to PUNCH, this move infuriated the doctors, who were rumoured to have started considering the suspension of the over three-month old strike.

The state Chairman of OSAMDO (Osun State Association of Medical and Dental Officers), Dr. Isiaka Adekunle, when contacted, confirmed the development.

He said: “We were asked to be signing a register but no doctor complied with the directive. We will not sign the register and we won’t agree to be receiving half salaries, because there is no half treatment; it is either you treat your patients or you don’t.

President of the Association of Resident Doctors at the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Osogbo, Dr. Adeyinka Owolabi, also said that members of the association held a meeting on Monday and resolved that the strike should continue.

With this impasse between the government and the doctors, I just hope the Minister of Health won't shut down the hospital like FMC Owerri.

Anyhow, we shall see who blinks first.

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