The Osun State branch  of the Nigeria Medical Association (NMA) wednesday warned that any doctor who respond to the advertorial placed by state government for job vacancies for medical officers in the state public service would be sanctioned.
Speaking on  the advertorial placed by the state government in some national dailies during a chat with journalists in Osogbo, the state Chairman of the NMA, Dr. Suraj Ogunyemi, noted that any doctor who applied for the advertised positions would be penalised.
Also, speaking, the Chairman of Association of Resident Doctors (ARD), said the body had already taken government to court, adding that it was only waiting for the hearing date to be communicated.
Doctors in the employ of the state government and those working in Ladoke Akintola University of Technology Teaching Hospital, Osogbo, have been on industrial action since September last year to protest of the payment of reduced percentage of their salaries, among other issues.
Governor Rauf Aregbesola however at the symposium organised to mark the 75th birthday of a veteran labour leader last week in Osogbo, handed down an ultimatum for the doctors to return to work or face sanction.
He added that negotiations could not be opened with the doctors because they claimed they don’t belong to the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), and stressed that the health of the people of the state was being put at risk with the prolonged strike.
But the chairman of ARD, LAUTECH Osogbo chapter, Dr. Owolabi Adeyinka, while speaking with journalists, listed immediate payment of November and December salaries as one of conditions that must be met before they would return to work.
By: Yinka Kolawole 
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