Resident doctors at the Ladoke Akintola Teaching Hospital, Ogbomoso, Oyo State, have vowed not to return to work until the state government addresses the poor welfare conditions they have been facing since January, 2016.
The doctors, who embarked on an indefinite strike on August 1, said they were tired of being owed 11 months salaries.
According to the ARD Chairman at the tertiary hospital, Dr Sebastine Oiwoh, the state government has slashed their salary by 28 per cent since January 2016.
Oiwoh warned that the situation, which he said had weakened the morale of doctors at the institution, could frustrate the smooth delivery of health care services.
He said, “The government’s refusal to reverse the percentage deduction in our salaries led to this strike. Residents and consultants are leaving the hospital every day due to poor working conditions and instead of employing more hands, doctors are being given locum appointment.
“Our parent body, the Nigeria Medical Association, has intervened since last year and we were told they would reverse the salary but it is five months now, it has yet to be resolved.”
Source: Punch News