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DOCTORS' STRIKE: No headway as NARD insists on demands

07 September 2017

He said that after the meeting, consultants, corps doctors, house officers and those on superlunary postings have started attending to patients in the hospital.

NAIJ.com had reported that the strike by Nigerian medical doctors began in the early hours of Tuesday, September 5 following the rejection by the doctors, of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) its association had signed with the federal government last week.

Patients in admission at Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH) Idi Araba are being evacuated by their relations to private institutions for proper treatment.

It can be recalled that the Federal Government expressed "deep shock and utter disappointment as Resident Doctors began an indefinite strike to press home their demand for better pay".

While the Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige who was the convener of the meeting made frantic efforts to ensure that the Resident Doctors called off the strike, the doctors insisted to maintain status quo.

Mr. Ngige had earlier slammed the resident doctors for embarking on the strike despite pleas from the federal government.

"The clinic routine is not as usual today, because some of the doctors are on strike and this make the process to be slow and caused the delay".

"We don't even expect to get this attention, though, it is a bit slow, as you can see, we are still being attended to accordingly".

One of the angry Resident Doctors who refused to give in to all appeal from the Office of the Accountant General of the Federation said, "Until we receive alerts we are not going to call off the strike".

NAN observed that the Accident and Emergency Ward was empty, while some patients were being attended to by nurses in some of the other wards visited.

Mrs Joypia Stephen, a patient, told NAN that she came to the hospital at about 7.30 a.m and she was yet to see a doctor as at 11.45 a.m.

DOCTORS' STRIKE: No headway as NARD insists on demands