Abuja, Nigeria. Sept 14th: The National Executive Council (NEC) of The Nigerian Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) at its meeting in Abuja on Wednesday night suspended its 10-day-old strike for two weeks to monitor the level of and appraise the Nigerian government’s compliance with the agreement reached. The doctors would, however, resume the strike if the discussion with the government fails according to the NEC. The two weeks suspension period is to afford the doctors enough time to further discuss with the federal government to arrive at final solutions to the contentious issues.
The chairman of NARD UCH chapter, Dr Segun Olaopa, said “the decision was reached following appeals from the public that the doctors should give the federal government more time to meet their demands”
Doctors had appealed to Nigerians to bear the situation as members of the association were pressing government to improve the healthcare delivery system in the country.
NARD had embarked on a nationwide indefinite strike to press home a six-point demand. The association had on Sept. 6 laid out terms of settlement with the federal government after the two parties met to resolve the situation.The doctors are protesting the sack of some of their colleagues, non-payment of “skipping’’ entitlement, non-inclusion in the IPPIS platform and non-payment of their salary arrears. The federal government had agreed it will pay the arrears and commence the inclusion of NARD members on the IPPIS platform.
Dr Arikawe Adeolu, a member of the National Executive Council of NARD, had said the association was waiting on the federal government to redeem its pledge before the strike could be called off. Adeolu said that more than half of members of the association were yet to receive their arrears, claiming that government is also yet to meet its other demands in the terms of settlement. He said that the association would therefore hold a meeting to assess the response of government to its demands.
Resident Physicians Issue Nigeria Strike Notice
Ibadan, Nigeria. August 30th: Dr Olusegun Olaopa, the President of The National Association of Resident Doctors (NARDs), University College Hospital (UCH), Ibadan, announced on Wednesday in a statement that resident doctors nationwide would commence an indefinite industrial action on Monday, Sept. 4, to press home their demands. According to Dr Olusegun Olaopa, the action is sequel to a statement signed by Drs John Onyebueze and Aneke Emmanuel, National President and Secretary of NARDs, respectively.
The statement said that it was resolved at the NEC meeting of NARDs held in Abuja on Aug. 26 to embark on the strike.
“Neither the federal nor state governments has shown commitment to the resolution of issues at stake nor honoured previous agreements. Consequent upon this, the association resolved to proceed on a total indefinite industrial action from Monday, September 4, 2017, until all these issues are permanently resolved.
Nationwide pre-strike protests against this injustice are to hold in all our branches and states of the federation on Aug. 30, 2017. All heads of tertiary health institutions who have received funding for payments to our members should be directed to pay same immediately.”
The members of The National Association of Resident Doctors (NARDs) are demanding for the resolution of persistent shortfalls and unpaid arrears of salaries earned in both federal and state tertiary health institutions.
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Other issues are the enrollment of resident physicians into the Integrated Personnel Payroll Information System (IPPIS) since 2003, and non-implementation of adjusted House Officers’ Entry grade level equivalent since 2014.
The resident physicians are also asking for the resolution of issues around their stagnation of promotion and non-promotion of members who have met requisite criteria despite all collective bargaining agreements and circulars.
Resident doctors in UCH had on Jan. 6, embarked on a one-day protest rally over non-payment of their November and December 2016 salaries