The National Association of Resident Doctor, NARD, has issued an automatic date to embark on a nationwide strike if the federal government failed to attest to their demands.
In a communique taken at the extraordinary National Executive Council, NEC, meeting of the Association, the NARD President, Dr. Uyilawa Okhuaihesuyi give the resolutions, stating that, the only way to stop the strike is the immediate payment of all salaries owned to house officers including March salaries, regardless of the quota system, before the end of business on March 31, 2021.
According to the communique, the body of the Nigerian resident doctors has planned to embark on the strike based on poor welfare packages, unpaid salaries, and alleged ineptitude of the Registrar of Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria, MDCN, Dr. Tajudeen Sanusi amongst other demands.
The NARD President lamented the inhumane treatment melted at the members in some State Tertiary Institutions who were owed months of salaries, and some of the Association’s members in GIFMIS platform who have not been paid salaries for four months due to the delay in biometric capturing by the IPPIS department.
The NARD President also demanded the reintroduction of medical super salary structure and specialist allowance for all Doctors as already approved for some other health workers.
In the communique, the doctors demanded the sack of Dr. Sanusi for his failure to demonstrate competence in the handling of the central placement of house officers.
The doctors faulted Dr. Sanusi for frustrating the effort of young doctors who are on horsemanship, some of whom they said have not being paid salaries for several months.
Calling on the sack of the MDCN Registrar, the doctors said, it will give room for smooth implementation of the central placement of house officers without further delay.
The doctors also highlight one of the factors attributed to brain drain in the health sector, demanding the immediate review of the Act regulating Postgraduate Medical Training in Nigeria in line with international best practices to remove the unnecessary rigors in Residency Training in Nigeria.
The doctors also demanded the immediate commencement of employment into all Government-owned hospitals to improve service delivery to Nigerians, enhance Residency Training, and curb the attendant brain drain in the health sector.
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