Resident Doctors Threaten Fresh Strike After JOHESU’s Industrial Action

 

The National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) has threatened to embark on a fresh strike.

NARD’s spokesman, Mr Ugochukwu Eze, said in Kaduna that the association cannot guarantee industrial harmony after their scheduled meeting with the Federal Government on Saturday.

“As the 21 days grace handed over to the federal government to resolve all lingering issues as well as the recalling of its members sacked by the Jos University Teaching Hospital (JUTH) elapsed on Thursday, May 31, we scheduled a meeting for June 2, while warning that we cannot guarantee industrial harmony,” he said.

The decision of the resident action to embark on strike comes few hours after the Joint Health Sectors Union (JOHESU) called off their industrial action.

JOHESU’s 44-day old strike that paralysed all activities in the nation’s public hospitals brought untold hardships on Nigerians.

It is expected that the leadership of the association would meet with the Minister of Labour, Mr Chris Ngige this evening after the expiration of the 21-day ultimatum it issued the Federal Government.

At the meeting, it would be decided when a threatened nationwide industrial action would commence.

The development comes after the Joint Health Sectors Union (JOHESU) suspended its strike following the intervention of the Senate President, Mr Bukola Saraki.

Last September, members of the association embarked on an indefinite strike to press the government to honour past agreements on staff welfare, payment of arrears since 2013 and deteriorating health facilities in government hospitals.

The groups’ ultimatum expired on the day JOHESU announced the suspension of its own strike which lasts just over a month.

Strike: Resident Doctors Beg States Not To Jeopardize FG Agreement

Following the restoration of relative industrial peace in the health sector, the National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) is appealing to state governors not to jeopardize the terms of settlement brokered by the Federal Government.

The President of NARD, Ugochukwu Chinaka raised concerns over the development in some teaching Federal and State hospitals which may adversely affect the agreement sealed with the Federal Government.

READ ALSO: Health Workers Union, JOHESU Suspends Nationwide Strike

Chinaka said, “We are advising all noncompliant chief executives officers to eschew actions inimical to the present peace to avoid further escalation.

“We are committed to the full implementation of the agreement with the Federal Government and nothing must happen with that agreement. All that we have agreed should be implemented to the letter.

Resident Doctors Suspend Strike

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The National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) has suspended the strike action it embarked upon a week ago, after hours of a secret meeting with the Minister of Health.

The group’s president elect, Mr. Chinaka Ugochukwu, announced the suspension via a text message to Channels Television Health Correspondent in Abuja.

He also gave assurances that details about the decisions will be made public by the association, at a press briefing on Thursday, September 14, 2017.

NARD had on Monday, September 4, declared an indefinite strike action to protest poor welfare of members and demand for improved conditions of service.

The doctors, however, assured the Federal Government after a marathon meeting held on Wednesday, September 6, would only suspend the strike after members get credit alert from their banks, indicating part payments of salary arrears owed to them by the government.

 

FG Meets NARD Over Industrial Action

There may be hopes for the resolution of the industrial action embarked on by the National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD), with a meeting scheduled between the striking doctors and the Federal Government today.

Representatives of both parties are scheduled to meet at the conference room of the Ministry of Labour and Employment at about 12:p.m.

The doctors’ strike enters its third day today, although the Anambra and Ekiti state chapters of NARD reported having backed out of the nationwide strike.

The resident doctors had resolved to go on strike on Monday, September 4, 2017.

Among the demands, they listed for the Federal Government to meet was inclusion into the integrated payroll and personnel information platform and other issues of welfare.

The Ministry of Labour through its Special Technical Adviser to Minister of Labour and Employment, Clara Dike expressed concern about the damaging effect of the industrial action by the doctors, noting that the medical profession is an essential profession involving lives of people.

She stated that, “Their profession is an essential service profession. They cannot take this kind of action based upon what they think, feel or perceive the government may do or may not do. We signed terms of settlement. Their profession is among the essential services listed in our heart.”

The resident doctors had earlier issued a 21-day ultimatum to notify the Federal Government before they finally resolved to proceed on the industrial action but the Special Adviser to the Minister of Labour, Chris Ngige emphasised that the action by the doctors came as a huge surprise to the Federal Government.

She said the doctors reneged on the agreement reached after series of meeting held with them, chaired by the Minister of Labour.

“The first meeting was held on the 14th of August and they agreed on 10 points and how to go about resolving their issues. When we now received another letter on the 27th of August, we called them again on the 31st of August and held this extensive meeting with the Minister as the conciliator.

“It was quite a long meeting and we dealt with all the 6-point issues they brought and reached conclusion on them.

“We admitted almost everything they asked for, considering the fact that they are in essential services. Any strike by medical doctors is morally unacceptable and ethically not allowable based on their Hippocratic oath and other biomedical principles.”

Resident Doctors Start Indefinite Strike, Insist Demands Must Be Met

Resident Doctors Embark On Warning StrikeThe National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) has resolved to proceed on an indefinite strike.

The Association took the decision following their National Executive Council meeting which lasted from 7 pm yesterday until the early hours of this morning.

The doctors say they will sustain the industrial action until all their demands are met by Government.

Details shortly…

Resident Doctors Give FG 21-Day Ultimatum For Promotion

The National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) has threatened to down tools in the next 21 days unless the Federal Government meets their demands.

This was made known in a communiqué signed by the President of the association, Dr. Onyebueze John, Secretary General, Dr Aneke Emmanuel and Publicity Secretary, Dr Asinobi Ugoeze.

The resident doctors are demanding their immediate enrollment in the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS), platform without further delay.

Other demands include the circularization of House Officer entry point despite various collective agreements on same as well as an alleged plan by the Federal Government to stagnate the promotion of resident doctors.

NARD has also referred Minister of Health, Isaac Adewole; a former Health Minister, Dr. Onyebuchi Chukwu, and all life members for sanction for allegedly carrying out activities and actions inimical to the welfare and progress of the association.

Resident Doctors Embark On Warning Strike

Resident Doctors Embark On Warning StrikeThe National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) has announced a seven-day warning strike to press home their demands for improved welfare and infrastructure in the health sector.

The National President of the association, Mr Ugochukwu Onyebueze made the announcement at a press conference in Abuja, directing all members of the association to down tools with immediate effect.

According to him, the federal government has also failed to implement the agreement it reached on residency training policy last year.

Resident Doctors At FMC Lokoja Protest Poor Health Systems

Resident Doctors Threaten To Commence Strike Action In 2017The Association of Resident Doctors, (ARD) in Federal Medical Center, Lokoja, has joined the strike by the National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD), to register their displeasure with the management of Nigeria’s health system.

Briefing pressmen, the Lokoja ARD President, Dr. Obohwemu Kennedy, said that his members were part and parcel of the NARD and were duty bound to comply with the directive.

The doctors, were seen carrying placards with different inscriptions to press home thier demands from the Federal Government.

On December 19, 2016, NARD gave the Federal Government up to January 2, to implement the National Health Act, 2014, while asking it to also address the lingering issues affecting the health sector, especially as it affects resident doctors.

Explaining further about the reason for the protest, Obohwemu lamented the pitiable state of Nigeria’s health system, citing the need for the Federal Government to urgently intervene and prevent massive exodus of doctors to the outside world for greener pastures.

“Apart from the fact that we are following instructions from our national body, we believe it is time to take the bull by the horn and address these persistent problems once and for all.

“Let the whole world know what resident doctors are going through- Our patients deserve the best of healthcare delivery.

“We cannot do that when we, the healthcare providers, are not in the right frame of mind.

“The medical profession is going through the toughest of times in the recent years, our black jackets and black bands, symbolise the death of our healthcare delivery system.

“We asked for resurrection, a revamping of the system, such that the average Nigerians can confidently access quality healthcare at affordable rates.”

Speaking on behalf of the Medical Director, Dr. Taiwo Olaoluwa who calmed the protesters, said their demands were not out of place.

Although he explained that the hospital was mourning as a result of the death of a Chief Nursing Officer, he then assured them that the Federal Government was working out solutions to their demands.

Resident Doctors Threaten To Commence Strike Action In 2017

Resident Doctors, FMC Owerri, StrikeThe National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD), has advised the Federal Government to urgently wade into the lingering crises in the health sector to the avert impending strike by doctors.

NARD issued a three-week strike notice that would lapse on January 2, 2017.

The Public Relations Officer, NARD, Federal Medical Centre, Yenagoa branch, Dr. Ugoeze Asinobi, said that the doctors had shelved the planned strike three times in the past four months and are bent on going on strike as from January 2.

The doctors are agitating for a uniform template for the Residency Programme, infrastructure for tertiary health facilities, proper grading of doctors and payment of outstanding salaries, among other issues.

According to Asinobi: “We don’t want strike, but we are going to resort to it again.

“The Residency Programme is fundamental to effective health care, given the dearth of manpower as the country has less than 20 per cent of required experts.

“Each time the ultimatum expires, we shift it in the hope that things would be made right within the time given, but it is now obvious the Ministry officials are insincere.

“The issues we go on strike for are always the same issues and we are resolute to withdraw services come January 2, 2017, if our concerns are not addressed.

“One wonders if health ministry officials are sabotaging the efforts of President Muhammadu Buhari on purpose, as their brazen and blatant disregard to the most basic institutional needs of the major workhorses of the health sector leaves a lot to be desired.

“Their attitude leaves one bewildered as sabotage appears to be the only logical explanation,” he stated.

Furthermore, he alleged that officials of Federal Ministry of Health are playing politics with the lives of Nigerians as they are insensitive and disconnected from the realities the masses were facing in their daily lives.

“NARD frowns at the wastage in building new primary health centres, rather than rehabilitating, equipping and staffing existing ones with requisite manpower”.

“Resident doctors have always embraced dialogue and discussions in finding lasting solutions, but it is obvious that our commitment to peace and industrial harmony is yet to be reciprocated”.

The P.R.O then appealed to the federal government to wade into the industrial dispute for the overall interest of the welfare of the citizenry.

According to him, executives of NARD remain committed to ending the myriad of incursions adversely affecting the welfare of resident doctors.

Resident Doctors Threaten Strike From January 2

Resident Doctors Give FG 21 Days UltimatumMembers of the National Association of Resident Doctors of Nigeria (NARD) have issued a 21-day ultimatum to the federal government to address the issues of the state of health in the country, as well as the doctors’ welfare or face a total indefinite withdrawal of services.

The National Executives of the Resident Doctors held a press briefing led by the National President, Dr. Ugochukwu Onyebueze, on Monday after their meeting in Enugu, Southeast Nigeria.

They observed that the health of Nigerian citizens is not being given the attention it deserves due to worsening health indices and dilapidated infrastructures in health institutions in the country.

They also noted the undermining of staff welfare in tertiary health institutions, selective and vindictive non-payment of members who agitate for their dues, epileptic pension and remittance deductions and enormous burden of unpaid salaries among other issues.

The association lamented that despite assurances from the federal and state governments, nothing has been done and they have resolved that the federal government should as a matter of urgency institute mechanism to check the rot in the heath sector and ensure that quality healthcare is accessible to all Nigerians

They also demand that Resident Doctors’ Welfare be made a priority.

In the absence of addressing these issues, the association has vowed to ensure a total and indefinite shut down of services from January 2, 2017.

The press briefing follows the communiqué issued at the end of the Extraordinary National Executive Council Meeting of the association held at the National Trauma Centre of the National Hospital, Abuja, on December 11, 2016.

At that meeting, pertinent issues affecting the quality of healthcare delivery to Nigerians as well as the welfare of its members, were discussed.

Resident Doctors Insist Strike Continues

Resident Doctors, NARDThe National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) insists its strike continues until congress takes decision on the outcome of the meeting with the House of Representatives.

The President of NARD, Dr. Muhammed Askira, made the statement while addressing reporters on Wednesday in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital.

He was reacting to the statement made by the Minister of Health, Professor Isaac Adewole, that both parties had agreed to sheath their swords after Tuesday’s meeting with the lawmakers.

“If you interpret the statement of the Minister to mean that the strike is over, then you are wrong,” the medic said.

Dr. Askira commended the lawmakers for their intervention on the lingering issues between NARD and the government.

He explained that the organ of the association that declared the strike would have to meet on Friday before any decision on whether or not to call off the strike.

This comes just as the Registrar of the National Postgraduate Medical College, Professor Oluwole Atoyebi, said the Nigerian government has not sacked any doctor from Federal Tertiary Health Institutions.Prof_Atoyebi

Speaking on Sunrise Daily, Professor Atoyebi said: “while the resident doctors have been told to suspend the strike, the Ministry has been told by the Speaker ((of the House of Representatives) to rest the directive, for now, and that has been agreed by all parties”.

House Of Reps Hopeful Of Imminent End To Doctors Strike

Resident DoctorsThe House of Representatives in Nigeria is hopeful that the industrial action embarked on by the National Association of Resident Doctors will be called off in the next few days.

Lawmakers are intervening in the faceoff between the representatives of the Ministry of Health and the leaders of National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD).

Their intervention appears to have been productive, with the Chairman of the House Committee on Health Institutions, Betty Apiafi, seeing a possible resolution in coming days.

The lawmakers expressed their confidence on Tuesday after a five-hour meeting convened by the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Honourable Yakubu Dogara, with a Federal Government delegation and leaders of the NARD.

The Minister of Health, Professor Isaac Adewole, told reporters that they had agreed to sheath their swords in the interest of Nigerians.

The President of the NARD, Muhammed Askira, however, said the strike had not been put off yet.

This is coming just as the Federal Government has asked heads of Government Tertiary Health Institutions to replace doctors that have abandoned their duties in protest of what they called poor welfare.

Residents doctors at the Federal Government’s institutions have downed tools after the association asked them to stay away from work in protest of poor welfare.