JUTH Resident Doctors Protest Sack Of Colleagues

Residents doctors at the University of Jos Teaching Hospital (JUTH) have staged a protest against the sack of some of their colleagues, despite a court order restraining the action allegedly taken by the management.

The doctors held a peaceful demonstration on Monday carrying placards with different messages within the hospital premises in Jos, the Plateau State capital.

They were chanting various solidarity songs to impress on the hospital management to reverse the sack until the suit at the Industrial Court was determined.

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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.

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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.

FMC Owo Resident Doctors Protest In Ondo

Members of the Association of Resident Doctors at the Federal Medical Centre, Owo, Ondo State on Wednesday protested against the non-payment of their 2016 salary shortfall by the management of the hospital.

The doctors claimed that the funds have been released to the hospital management by the Federal Government since March 2017.

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More Health Workers Threaten To Go On Strike

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Health professionals, including the Nigerian Union of Allied Health Professionals (NUAHP) and Joint Health Sector Unions (JOHESU) are threatening to embark on nationwide strike. 

This is coming amidst the ongoing industrial strike by National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD), which has been met with deadlock reconciliation meetings between the doctors and the Federal Government.

The group in a release signed by the National President, Obinna Ogbonna and the national secretary Ayinde Obisesan, threatened a shutdown of healthcare services in the healthcare nationwide giving the Federal Government an ultimatum which is expected to elapse September 30, 2017.

“Considering other mobilisation factors and to give the government further room to address our demands, come 30th September 2017, if the government refuses to meet our demands, the union will have no other option than to shut down health care services nationwide.

Highlight of the demands of the groups include, “Revamping the infrastructure in the tertiary health institutions; report of the inter-ministerial sub-committee on critical matters in the health sector; professional autonomy;

“Non- payment of backlog of arrears; Residency training for other health professionals; Appointments of consultants and payment of specialist allowance; Surgeon general; National health act implementation, among several other issues.”

The group, therefore, called on the Federal Government to implement all agreements and memorandum of understanding reached with NUAHP/JOHESU on or before the expiration of the ultimatum to avert the looming industrial action.

NARD Strike: NMA President Makes U-turn, Says Govt Has Failed Doctors

The President of National Medical Doctors Association (NMA), Professor Mike Ogirima has made a U-turn from his earlier assertion that the industrial action by National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) is wrong and that the resident doctors were not supposed to go on strike.

Ogirima, who appeared on Channels Television Sunrise Daily, on Wednesday, is now calling on the Federal Government to yield to the demands of the resident doctors. He noted that doctors do not trust the Federal Government anymore because the government has failed them.

“Government called them for negotiation. Agreements were reached, promises were made but the doctors never got the light of the day. Government on his own part cannot be trusted any longer, that is the core of the matter.

“The move by government was belated. The resident doctors gave a 21-day ultimatum. Within that period, I was mediating and calling on the doctors not to go on the strike. After the 21-day ultimatum elapsed, there was another 14 days’ strike ultimatum issued by the doctors but the government did not act. The government has failed them severally.”

In an earlier reaction to the strike, the Professor of Orthopaedic and Trauma Surgery had condemned the action of the resident doctors saying they should consider the damaging effect of their action which will lead to deaths of patients, a situation against their Hippocratic oath.

“NARD taking this decision is wrong but two wrongs cannot make a right. We are appealing that the strike they are declaring today should not come into being. We still have up till the end of the day to appeal to them. NARD should not equate themselves with ASUU. Death from ASUU is a long term effect. Death from NARD strike is immediate. Our patients will die and that is not the oath we take as doctors.

“The resident doctors form the largest affiliate body of Nigerian Medical Association (NMA). The consultants are not supposed to be on strike.”

He however stressed the fact that the government was at fault by delaying negotiations with the doctors. “I condemn the government in every front. Right from their delay to the point of negotiations, having negotiations, Memorandum of Understanding, the doctors are no more trusting the government officials.

“The point I condemned the strike was that they would have waited for me as their father by bringing me forward to mediate between them and the government.”

Resident Doctors Suspend Planned Industrial Strike

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The National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) has suspended its plan to embark on a nationwide industrial action.

The resident doctors had earlier threatened to down tools by September 4th, 2017 unless the Federal Government meets their demand of immediate enrollment in the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS), among other demands.

The Federal Government, to assuage their demands, held a meeting with the leadership of the association, promising to address the concerns raised.

The decision to suspend the strike was reached after several hours of meeting between the Minister of Labour and productivity, Chris Ngige and members from the Ministry of Health, as well as officials of the national association of resident doctors (NERD), in Abuja.

After the meeting, which was held in Abuja, which lasted into the early hours of today, Ngige said the meeting was adjourned to November 2nd, 2017 for further deliberation on issues  that affects the emoluments and welfare of the resident doctors.

The members of the association and the ministers of labour and employment, and health has, therefore agreed that normal services would continue to be rendered by the doctors pending the resolution of the issues in dispute.

Edo Resident Doctors To Embark On Indefinite Strike

The Association of Resident Doctors at the University of Benin Teaching Hospital (UBTH) says it will embark on a total indefinite strike from Monday, September 4.

This follows the breakdown of negotiations with the Federal Government over the demand that resident doctors be included in the Integrated Personnel Information System (IPIS).

The President ARD, UBTH, Dr Eustace Oseghale, made the announcement on Thursday in Benin City, the state capital.

The doctors said their inclusion in IPIS would enable them to get their emoluments directly from the Federal Government and curb corruption in the healthcare system.

They noted that the development would make more funds available to run the nation’s healthcare and reduce the brain-drain that is currently plaguing the sector.

This comes a day after the state chapter of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) asked the Edo state government to urgently declare a state of emergency in the healthcare system.

The State NMA Chairman, Dr. Emmanuel Osaigbovo, had said on Wednesday that inadequate attention on the sector by successive administrations has led to the loss of lives of residents who fall prey in the hands of quacks.

According to Osaigbovo, some of the areas the doctors asked the state government to intervene include infrastructure, recruitment of manpower and welfare of medical personnel in the state.

He said primary healthcare system in the state was gradually dying out, causing women to deliver at home in their numbers while complicated pregnancy was almost a death sentence in the rural areas.

FG Promises To Resolve Issues Raised By Resident Doctors

Federal Government has promised to address the concerns raised by the National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD).

The Minister of Labour and Productivity, Dr. Chris Nigige, stated this on Thursday during a meeting with the leadership of the association in Abuja.

Dr Nigige and his counterpart in the Ministry of Health, Professor Isaac Adewole, assured the resident doctors that their demands would be looked into.

The team is led by NARD President, Dr Onyebueze Ugochukwu, as well as President of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA), Professor Mike Ogirima.

Both ministers and the doctors are presently in a closed-door meeting to address their demands.

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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.

LUTH Crisis Continues As Resident Doctors Protest

A few days after the management of the Lagos University Teaching Hospital locked their resident doctors out of their secretariat, the physicians have taken to the grounds in a peaceful protest.

The doctors, who were joined by other staff members of the hospital, reiterated their complaints of substandard conditions, unpaid entitlements and others.

According to them, the protest was about the substandard conditions under which they work.

Holding up placards and singing, the workers demanded the payment of outstanding salaries and allowances as well as better conditions of service.
They said they were ready to work, but only if adequate and functioning equipment are available.

They, however, expressed willingness to hold talks with the management about their grievances.

The hospital authorities declined to comment.

A few days ago it was a free for all on the marble floor of the hospital after the authorities locked the secretariat of the Association of Resident Doctors in the hospital with the intention of repossessing it.

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 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.