The National Association of Resident Doctors, NARD, held her emergency National Executive Council Meeting in the nation’s capital city Abuja in August 2017.
Meeting was summoned to reassess government’s response to the 21-day ultimatum from National Association of Resident Doctors arising from Calabar NEC, which comprised:
- *Withdrawal of circular reversing skipping
- *Enrollment of all Doctors into IPPIS
- *Payment of Arrears of Salary shortfall and prevention of further shortfall
- *Correction of Promotion Stagnation
- *Circularisation of House Officers Entry point
- *Enrollment into Contributory Pension Scheme
- *Selectiv implementation of NO WORK NO PAY
- *Improved funding/equipping of hospitals
NEC also reviewed the issue of Financial Default of FETHA and intervention of NARD SE Caucus
-That approved 2017 budget will commence implementation from August and from facts available, when the expenses from Jan-July 2017 is removed from approved allocation for some hospital (including NAUTH) for the year, the remaining will not pay full salaries for the rest of the year, ie shortfall till next year if there’s no intervention
-That despite all efforts made by NARD to resolve this problem, at the PICA, Mininstry of Finance and Accountant-General’s offices, they appear to be indifferent to it’s correction.
-That all the demands from the 21-day ultimatum have not been met
-FETHA deducted NARD Skipping and Medical levies in installments between Feb to May, but did not remit to NARD, and has refunded part of the money back to their members.
-Caucus Meeting of Fri 25/8/17 at Enugu, on the above acts, expelled FETHA President, suspended FETHA secretariat and FETHA Congress *from the Caucus*, and informed NARD.
-NARD NEC upheld resolutions of the SE Caucus, and suspended The FETHA President and Secretary from NEC . The matter was referred to NARD Disciplinary committee for further actions
-That upon failure of FG to meet our demands, NARD will embark on a Nationwide Total Indefinite Strike Action starting 8am Monday 4th September 2017* until our demands are met: the window is to give room for notification of various center management handover properly to consultants, allow for govt to comply attheir fixed August 31st Meeting and to allow the Sallah Celebration to pass.
-Publicity for the strike to be handled at both NARD and Centre levels.
Thanks, praying for journey mercies upon all delegates and all NEC members!