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RESIDENT DOCTORS TO RESUME INDEFINITE STRIKE

The National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) has directed all its members across the country to commence a total indefinite strike from Monday, August 2.

This was revealed in a communique issued by the President of the Association, Dr Uyilawa Okhuahesuyi, Secretary General, Dr. Jerry Isogun and Publicity/Social Secretary Dr. Dotun Osikoya, on Saturday at the end of the meeting of the National Executive Council (NEC) held in Umuahia, Abia State.

The statement revealed that the action is as a result of the irregularities in the payment of salaries to the house officers, despite the Memorandum of Agreement signed with the government in March 2021.

Other issues include the non transfer of it’s members from the GIFMIS to the IPPIS platform, which has affected the regular payment of their salaries.

 

The statement said “NEC noted that with regards the non-payment of the National Minimum Wage Consequential Adjustment, the list of affected institutions and personnel strength had since been submitted to the Federal Ministry of Health as directed by the MOA signed with the Federal Government yet nothing has been done.

They also noted that the Chief Medical Directors in collaboration with NARD have submitted the list of salary shortfalls for 2014 to 2016. They noted with dismay the merry-go round behavior of the Federal Ministry of Health in disbursing the salaries shortfalls to her members.

The efforts made so far with the payment of death in service insurance benefit to the next of kin of our members and other healthcare workers was duly noted by the NEC.

The association also noted with grievous concerns the circular from the Head of
Service of the Federation removing House Officers from the scheme of service and the consequent implementation by the Lagos State Government.

The National Executive Council of the Association also lamented the shortage of manpower in most tertiary health institutions and the attendant burnout effects on their members.

They also cited the inability of the government to pay the COVID-19 inducement allowance to some of their members in Federal and most of the members in State Tertiary Institutions
as part of the reasons for the decision to go on strike.

The NEC also demanded the immediate withdrawal of the circular removing House Officers from the scheme of service.

The Association however, stated that it is committed to the smooth running of the health sector; however, can only do so when their welfare is given the desired
attention.

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