The Muhammadu Buhari-led regime in additional stiffer responses to the agitations of placing docs, has directed all chief medical administrators and medical administrators of tertiary hospitals throughout the nation to begin implementation of the ‘no work, no pay’ coverage on the placing docs and different well being staff who could embark on subsequent strikes.
The regime invoked Part 43 (i) and (a) of the Commerce Dispute Act on particular provision for fee of wages throughout strikes and lock-outs in accordance with a doc obtained by the Worldwide Heart for Investigative Reporting (ICIR).
The report disclosed that the memo emanated from the Chris Ngige-led Ministry of Labour and Employment, informing the Ministry of Well being to make use of the “no work, no pay” coverage to deal with ongoing strike by the Nigerian Affiliation of Resident Docs (NARD).
The well being ministry mentioned it was in receipt of a letter from Mr Ngige informing it of the legal guidelines governing the continued strike by NARD and the necessity for it to “Instantly” apply the availability of the part 43 (i) and (a) of the Commerce Dispute Act.
It acknowledged that this a part of the Act offers on “‘Particular provision with respect to fee of wages throughout strikes and lock-outs’ recognized in labour parlance as “No work, No pay” with impact from Monday August 2, 2021 when the strike was commenced by NARD members.”
The memo from the labour and employment ministry to its well being counterpart instructed that, “Consequent on the above, I’m directed to tell you to begin the implementation of the ‘No Work, No Pay’ coverage on placing docs with impact from Monday August 2 2021 together with different well being staff that will embark on strike subsequently.”
Resident docs had resumed the strike they earlier suspended after 10 days in April to present the federal government extra time to reply to their agitations.
Amongst different points, the placing docs are asking for a reversal of the exclusion of home officers from the scheme of service which was a significant topic of the memorandum of understanding signed by the duo events nicely over hundred days earlier than the strike.
Different calls for by docs embody recruitment of extra docs by the federal government to ease workload in hospitals, a rise in hazard allowance for docs past N5,000.
The placing docs are additionally asking for the fee of unpaid wage by states and the federal authorities, and in addition fee of the Nationwide Minimal Wage consequential adjustment to some docs by the federal government.
Mr Ngige has repeatedly made feedback thought-about offensive concerning the crises within the medical sector, particularly on the difficulty of mind drain plaguing the sector.
Nigerian medical professionals have been on a determined bid to go away the nation resulting from years of incessant strikes over low remuneration and poor welfare. Lots of the docs have through the years moved to Europe, Canada, and most just lately to Saudi Arabia, the place they hoped to get higher coaching and common working situations.
The Buhari-led regime feels embarrassed that docs are leaving the nation of their multitude for higher work climates. Not too long ago, docs in Nigeria attending a job interview organised by the Saudi Arabia authorities in Abuja on Thursday, had been forcefully dispersed by operatives of the State Safety Service (SSS) in entrance of the Sheraton Lodge.