To find a lasting solution to the quagmire of the proposed strike by the National Association of Resident Doctors in Nigeria (NARD), the minister of health, Prof Isaac Adewole and stakeholders in the medical profession will meet today, Monday, at the ministry.
Prof Adewole who disclosed this in Abuja, revealed that the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) has stepped into the crisis and further reiterated that there will be no strike as he had formally received the ultimatum by the Association and the issues raised as well as the demands that were made will be discussed.
“Let me admit that we have received the ultimatum now, and I can assure the nation that there will be no strike. We are going to discuss the request and the demand. NMA has stepped in and there will be a meeting on Monday in my office. It is also important to highlight the fact that I was also a former president of NARD and so the association is my constituency.”
It will be recalled that the Association, on 4th April, dared the minister with a 21 days ultimatum for improved, appropriate and adequate services, failure to which there will be an indefinite strike starting on the 25th of April.
The association stated that its members in tertiary institutions which are under the supervision of the minister have been collecting just a fraction of their entitlements while others have been denied salaries for several months, and as such there was no justification in the issue of no work, no pay as members of the association have been law abiding.
Some of the Associations’ greviances include government’s inability to provide adequate funds for the running of hospitals at all levels and called for an upgrade in existing facilities in-line with international best practices, release and implement residency training guidelines with appropriate budgetary backing, and ensure adequate renumeration of its members.
By: Kuni Tyessi
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