Read what the Punch Newspaper is reporting;
The Association of Resident Doctors, Lagos University Teaching Hospital chapter, Idi-Araba, Lagos has begun a three-day warning strike over the non- reversal of the skipping policy for doctors working at the hospital.
The LUTH ARD Chairman, Dr. Moronkola Ramon, who declared the three-day warning strike during a protest on the hospital premises on Monday, warned that resident doctors might commence a full scale action if their demand was not met.
Ramon said the hospital management had stopped skipping, a policy whereby doctors were given double promotion, adding that the management granted same privilege to other health workers in the hospital.
He said, “We gave the management a seven-day ultimatum to implement skipping for doctors as it used to.
“We also served the 21-day notice needed for us to proceed on an indefinite action if they failed to implement the policy. If they do not after this strike, we will consider an indefinite strike. However, we will be providing emergency services to avert unnecessary loss of lives.”
Ramon wondered why LUTH had yet to comply with the agreement that the Federal Government had with its national body, the Nigerian Medical Association.
He stated that the strike was in compliance with the directive from the association‘s national body.
Outside the LUTH, other prominent hospitals, like the Federal Medical Centre, Owerri Imo state, are also in one form shut-down or another. These shut-down are resulting from the in-house fighting between the Management of the hospital and any, or all, of the health associations in the hospital. This was a prominent feature of the Jonathan’s administration, despite concerted efforts to curtail the problems.
Now, a new President is at the helm of affairs in our country. The time is NOW, if he must act. Feelers in some tertiary institutions i visited suggests that, most hospitals will soon follow the path LUTH and FMC, Owerri took. It should be noted that this will dent the positive strides taken to enhance our Mortality Rate Figures and Indices, a figure that was one of the worst among all countries of the world. For how long must we continue like this!!!
Nigerians need to know the policy direction of this government, as it relates to health service delivery to the populace. When should we expect to see a long lasting resolution of these shut-downs? Should the poor suffer for the ineptitude of a few, who obviously are not performing up to expectation. The next action of Mr President and his team, to stem this ugly trend in our tertiary hospitals, will show to Nigerians that he really means business.