Federal government’s negotiation with National Association of Resident Doctors, ( NARD ) has failed to prevent the latter from embarking on an indefinite strike as patients in many public hospitals face though times.
The doctors are demanding among others things as contained in a communiqué at the end of its National Executive Council (NEC) meeting: their immediate enrolment on the IPPIS platform without further delay, the full implementation of the National Health Act.
“The reversal of the Federal Government’s plan to stagnate the promotion of resident doctors.
“The delay in payment of salary shortfalls experienced between January and May 2017 as well as outstanding shortfalls from 2016 among others.
A major offer by FG to the striking doctors is that the doctors give it more time till November 2 to look into the six-points demand, an offer rejected by the doctors.
A one paragraph statement signed by NARD President, Dr. Onyebueze John in Abuja read, “Rising from our NEC meeting, which started by 7pm yesterday and ended 3am today. NARD has resolved to reject the promissory offer from Government, and proceed on total and indefinite strike action until all items in her demand list for strike action are resolved by Government”.
Subsequently, most public hospitals are expecting to witness longer queues of patients who would only bw attended to by Consultants and house officers when work resumes on Tuesday.
The long weekend that dovetail into the public holiday marking eid -el Mubarak will see other cadre of health workers resume work on Tuesday.
But Health Minister, Prof. Isaac Adewole in reacting to the strike by the doctors noted, ”