Sacking of Doctors, Embarrassing, Demoralising –MDCAN

stethoscope-contract-23077165The Medical and Dental Consultants Association of Nigeria (MDCAN) has described sacking of resi­dent doctors as embar­rassing and demoralising
Already, Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara has waded into the matter.
The association stated this at the end of its Extra- Ordinary National Execu­tive Council (NEC) meet­ing held in Abuja.
MDCAN President, Prof. Sani Balarabe Garko, told newsmen that sack­ing the doctors while Dog­ara was mediating dashed the hopes of those looking forward to a quick resolu­tion as well as dampen the morale of the mediators.
The association de­scribed as unacceptable and condemnable the re­fusal of some CMDs/MDs to pay accrued allowances to medical doctors and re­minded them that it was their responsibility to en­sure industrial harmony in their various centres so that the ordinary Nigeri­ans do not suffer from ser­vice disruption.
It proposed a single tenure for CMDs/MDs as done in the universities for Vice Chancellor posi­tion. In the communique signed by the Garko, and Secretary General, Dr. Ab­dulkadir Rafindadi, MD­CAN said it was deter­mined to do all within its powers to push forward an amicable resolution of the impasse.
Meanwhile, resident doctors may have sus­pended the strike yester­day following a directive from the Federal Govern­ment to Chief Medical Directors (CMDs) and Medical Directors (MDs) of Federal Tertiary Health Institutions to replace res­ident doctors who refused to report to their duty posts. When contacted, some resident doctors said their leaders were holding meetings with top government officials to re­solve the impasse.
Federal Government hospitals contacted yes­terday by Daily Sun said resident doctors were yet to resume work but were optimistic that the worst was over in the face-off.
An official of the Pub­lic Relations Unit at the Lagos University Teach­ing Hospital (LUTH), Idi- Araba said: “We cannot say whether they have resumed work today (yes­terday) or not; by tomor­row (today), the picture will be clearer. But the report we are getting says they have suspended the strike.”
At the National Orthorpaedic Hospital, Igbobi, Lagos (NOHIL), an official at the Public Relations Department said: “You cannot judge with the mood today if they have decided to re­sume work…”
By: Azoma Chikwe and Juliana Taiwo- Obalonye, Abuja
Daily Sun News

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