Doctors threaten showdown over salary cut, sack

Doctors threaten showdown over salary cut, sack

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Nigeria Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) has issued a factual to the Federal Government to immediately implement all the agreements with the Association or risks an indefinite strike action.

FILE: PROTESTING NIGERIAN HEALTH WORKERS

NARD issued the 14-day ultimatum in Bauchi on Saturday at the end of its 2020 Ordinary General Meeting (OGM) with the theme “Health Inequalities and Social Determinants of Health in Nigeria” held at at the Multipurpose Hall of Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University Teaching Hospital (ATBUTH), Bauchi.

The Communique was issued at the end of the meeting and read by the National President, Dr Sokomba Aliyu lamented that some of its members were intimidated, harassed and maltreated in Lagos, Kaduna States and FCT in the cause of performing their professional activities.

He stated that some of them were sacked at the Jos University Teaching Hospital (JUTH) in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic while Kaduna State Government slashed their salaries by 25 percent, a development he said has brought untold hardship to them and their families.

The association demanded the immediate recall of all those sacked workers by JUTH as well as the full payment of their entitlements and the payment of the slashed salaries by the Kaduna State Government.

NARD is also demanding the supply of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and other consumables to all health facilities across the Country to enable the health workers to perform their professional services with adequate and maximum protection.

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The Communique reads: “We hereby give the government a 14-day ultimatum to meet all of our demands to avoid an indefinite and total strike action by the resident doctors across the Country”.

TheNewspad.com recalls that the Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire, on Thursday, promised to look into the grievances of the doctors particularly frontline health workers for Covid-19 pandemic.

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