Sacked doctors contravened rules of engagement – Attorney General

Channels Television  
Updated May 12, 2012

The Attorney General of  Lagos state and Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Adeola Ipaye says it would be wrong for anyone or group of persons to accuse the state government of flouting court procedures in respect of the sacked doctors.

Addressing journalists today in Alausa, Mr Ipaye explained that as much as the Lagos state government was willing to resolve the matter in the interest of all, the doctors made that move impossible thereby contravening the rules of engagement in the process.

There’s been mixed reactions over the decision of the  Lagos state government that is, sacking the 788 striking doctors and the employing 373 new doctors to take the place of the striking doctors who were also issued a quit notice by the Lagos state government to vacate the quarters allotted them.

Renowned human rights lawyer; Femi Falana said on his part that the Lagos State Government decide to help themselves by their actions which has violated the provisions of the Trade Dispute Act.

Falana urged the Lagos state governor, Babtunde Raji Fashola to rescind the decision of the state government and recall the sacked doctors back to work then a suit can be instituted against the doctors on resumption.

On the other hand, Professor Sagay feels the move was a good one and commended the Lagos state government for it saying the action taken by the doctors was irrational looking at the matter from the angle of Lagosians needing medical help.

He asked Governor Babatunde Fashola to recall the sacked doctors and instruct the state Attorney General to institute a suit against the doctors if he so wished.

Falana also argued that the sack of the doctors was contrary to decisions of the Supreme Court in two cases – Lagos State Military Government v Ojukwu, and Attorney General of Lagos State v Attorney General of the Federation.

Meanwhile as the days go by, patients seeking medical help at the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital suffer from neglect as the two weeks old scuffle between the Lagos State Government and the doctors continue.