Thursday, 15 September 2016

Resident Doctors Give September 30 Ultimatum

The National Association of Resident Doctors has asked the federal and state governments to resolve all outstanding issues in the health sector before September 30 or face an industrial action by its members.

The newly-elected President of the association, Dr. John Onyebueze, announced the ultimatum at the end of NARD’s 26th Annual General Meeting in Enugu.

The resident doctors flayed government at all levels over what it described as the poor state of health care delivery in the country.

He added that the association was unhappy with the disruption of the structure of the residency programme by the chief medical directors of teaching hospitals.

Listing the grievances of the resident doctors, he added, “Are you talking about the rickety beds in the accident and emergency wards?

“We do not even have gloves and emergency tools. We do not have pens to write and make prescriptions. We are saying that this thing must not continue.”

Continuing, Onyebueze said only the implementation of outstanding agreements would forestall an industrial action by resident doctors across the country.

The association said it did not agree with the ‘no work, no pay’ rule canvassed by the government during industrial actions.

“In line with extant labour laws, we reject in its entirety the ‘no work no pay’ rule as currently being applied by the Federal Ministry of Health,” Onyebueze said.

He condemned what he described as the  “unjust sacking of doctors.”

Source: Punch Ng

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