JUST IN : Nigeria doctors begin five days warning strike [see reasons]
Following the Federal Government’s refusal to accede to its requests, the Nigerian Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) has announced a five-day warning strike.
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This was the conclusion reached following its six and a half hour extraordinary National Executive Council meeting held digitally, according to the statement released on Monday, May 15, 2023.
The strike, according to the resident doctors, would start at 8 am on May 17 and terminate at 8 am on May 22.
Recall that on April 29, 2023, NARD gave the Federal Government a two-week deadline to comply with its demands or risk industrial unrest.
On May 13, 2023, a Saturday, the ultimatum was lifted.
The Consolidated Medical Salary Structure must be immediately increased by 200 percent of the existing gross physician salary, according to the doctors.
The doctors also demand that the measure that would require recent medical and dental graduates to serve a five-year mandatory military service in Nigeria before receiving full licenses to practice medicine and dentistry be immediately withdrawn.
In addition, they demand that CONMESS be put into effect right away, that the Medical resident Training Act be domesticated, and that all state governments and private tertiary health institutions that conduct any kind of resident training examine the hazard allowance.
The strike affected both emergency and clinical procedures at the hospitals, according to NARD President Dr. Emeka Orji, who spoke to The PUNCH.
The administration did not engage in negotiations with the doctors regarding their requests, according to Dr. Orji, despite the fact that the government was given an ultimatum that concluded on May 13.