Unpaid Salaries: LAUTECH Teaching Hospital Resident Doctors Cry Out

LAUTECH Resident Doctors at the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH) Teaching Hospital in Osogbo, have joined the increasing number of protesters demanding for their unpaid eight months salaries from the ‎Osun State Government.

Leading the protest within and around the hospital premises in Osogbo the state capital on Thursday, President of the Association of Resident Doctors of Nigeria, LAUTECH Osogbo chapter, Dr. Olalekan Ajayi, said that the doctors have been very patient with the state government in anticipation that the salary issues would be resolved quickly.

Dr. Ajayi said although all other associations in the medical profession have embarked on industrial actions to press home their demands, the resident doctors have not gone on strike because they believe dialogue would bring a positive result.

The doctors appealed to Governor Rauf Aregbesola to assist the workers and look for all possible ways to ensure payment of the backlog of salaries to alleviate the suffering of the workers and restore sanity to the state.

Various placards with inscriptions calling for the intervention of the government were on display during the protest.

LAUTECH Teaching Hospital Resident Doctors Protest Non Payment Of Salaries

lautechResident Doctors of the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH), ‎Teaching Hospital, Osogbo, on Tuesday, blocked the entrance to the Osun State House of Assembly, protesting the non-payment of their six months salary.

With various placards reading inscriptions like ‘This is Economic Genocide’ and ‘Osun Doctors ‎now live in Poverty’, the protesting doctors called on the leadership of the House to help adress their plight.

President of the Resident Doctors, LAUTECH Teaching Hospital, Osogbo, Dr Olalekan Ajayi, who spoke to journalists, said that the situation had become unbearable with no one giving any answer to the solution to the unpaid six months salaries.

‎He maintained that despite the hardship facing them, the doctors have continued to discharge their duties to the people of the state.

Deputy Speaker of the Osun State House of Assembly, Akintunde Adegboye, who addressed the protesting resident doctors appealed to them to bear with the government.

He gave them an assurance that the legislature would commence talks with the executive to fashion out ways of solving the issues surrounding the workers’ unpaid salaries.

Health Officials Commence Appraisal Of Residency Training Programme

 Residency Training ProgrammeThe Federal Government has announced plans to fashion out a residency training programme that would meet the ideals of the system and contribute effectively to the country’s health sector.

The Minister of Health, Professor Onyebuchi Chukwu, announced the plan at a meeting with health professionals in Abuja.

The meeting was convened to critically appraise the Residency Training Programme in the country and make recommendations to improve it.

Even though the suspension initially imposed by the Federal Government has been lifted, Government said that there was a great need to appraise the programme to tackle some of the challenges observed in the programme.

Health management officials, therefore, gathered to help government come up with key recommendations on the issue.

One of the participants from the Ahmadu Bello University Teaching Hospital, Shuaib Oyedokun, expressed belief that the appraisal would help greatly in addressing pressing challenges facing the residency training programme.

Patricia Osemwenkha from the Federal Neuropsychiatric Hospital Benin City, also expressed optimism that the resident doctors would welcome the effort to improve the training programme.

Nigeria’s health sector has witnessed a lot developments in recent weeks, from the prolonged strike by medical doctors, to the suspension of the residency training programme in the country.

However, some of those at the meeting said that the appraisal should also extend to other arms of the health sector, to ensure the needed transformation of the country’s health sector.



Residents Doctors’ Warning Strike Commences

Lagos_doctors_867855132Resident Doctors have commenced a 3-day warning strike across the country.

Patients at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital, LUTH, are stranded as the doctors there enforced the strike.

In Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital, Resident Doctors of the Federal Medical Centre, Idi Aba joined their colleagues nationwide in the ongoing 3-day warning strike.

A visit to the hospital revealed that although the resident doctors have withdrawn their services as directed by the national body, the action seemed not to be having much impact as nurses and consultants attended to patients.

Attempts to speak with the union leaders and management of the hospital proved abortive as they said they were not willing to speak on this development.

In Abuja, Nigeria’s Federal Capital Territory, the strike was in force also, but the Spokesperson of the National Hospital, Dr Tayo Haastrup, said that the welfare package of resident doctors can be negotiated with the Federal Government without putting the lives of teeming Nigerians at stake.

Resident Doctors at the Federal Medical Centre, in Owo, Ondo State also joined their counterparts across the country.

Channels Television was at the hospital to monitor the situation at the hospital. Though our crew was not allowed into the wards by the security officials at the hospital, there activities to indicate that other health workers in the hospital were at work.

We had an interview with the Chairman, Association of Resident Doctors in the hospital, Raymond Omotayo who highlighted the demands of the association from the federal government, noting that if the demands are not met by July 1, 2015, the Doctors will be forced to embark on an indefinite strike action.

All our efforts to speak with the Chief Medical Director of the hospital, Dr Femi Omotosho proved abortive as he was said to be out of the state and other senior officers in the hospital were not willing to speak to our correspondents.

Resident doctors in Rivers State were not left out in the strike as Channels Television visited the Braithwaithe Memorial Specialist Hospital in Port Harcourt, where patients were seen waiting to see doctors that were not available.


Resident Doctors Threaten Strike Action

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The National Association of Resident Doctors has threatened to embark on an industrial action if the Nigerian Government fails to stop the removal of teaching allowances from the emolument of some category of doctors.

Addressing a news conference in Abuja, the president of the association, Doctor Jibril Abdullahi, says the non-payment of call duty allowance to doctors while they are on annual leave will no longer be accepted by members of the association.

The association also accused the Ngierian government of failing to identify and adopt a single healthcare model for the country that would eliminate the competition for superiority amongst healthcare workers.