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Nigerian authorities invokes ‘no work, no pay’ for putting medical doctors, different well being employees

NIGERIAN medical doctors will forfeit their salaries throughout the interval they’re on strike, a memo by the federal government has revealed.

The memo impacts medical doctors within the make use of of the Federal Authorities, that’s, medical doctors working in tertiary hospitals.  

The memo, dated August 26, may even have an effect on any well being employee within the tertiary hospital that proceeds on strike.

It isn’t instantly clear if state governments within the nation will undertake an identical place for his or her aggrieved medical doctors and different well being employees.

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The Director of Division of Hospital Providers Adebimpe Adebiyi signed the memo with reference quantity C. 5194/T/407 and addressed it to all chief medical administrators and medical administrators of tertiary hospitals.

It was titled: “RE: RE: Regulation and Rules Regarding the Proper to Strike: Utility of Part 43 (1) (A) of the Commerce Dispute Act, Cap T8 Legal guidelines of the Federation of Nigeria (LFN) 2004 (‘No Work No Pay’).”

In keeping with the doc obtained by our reporter, the federal government invoked Part 43 (i) and (a) of the Commerce Dispute Act on particular provision for fee of wages throughout strikes and lock-outs identified in labour parlance as ‘No Work, NO Pay.’

A part of the memo reads, “The Ministry is in receipt of a letter from the Honourable Minister, Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment (FMoL&E), informing the ministry of the legal guidelines governing the continued strike by the Nigerian Affiliation of Resident Medical doctors (NARD) and the necessity to instantly apply the availability of the Part 43 (i) and (a) of the Commerce Dispute Act on ‘Particular provision with respect to fee of wages throughout strikes and lock-outs’ identified in labour parlance as ‘No Work, NO Pay’ with impact from Monday August 2 2021 when the strike was commenced by NARD members.”

“Consequent on the above, I’m directed to tell you to start the implementation of the ‘No Work, No Pay’ coverage on putting medical doctors with impact from Monday August 2 2021 together with different well being employees that will embark on strike subsequently… 

“You might be to compute the monetary implication of the ‘No Work, No Pay’ from the salaries of the resident medical doctors and another well being employees that participated in strike, utilizing the connected template and ahead similar to the IPPIS workplace via the FMoH for implementation with impact from August 2, 2021.”

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Ngige, who issued the memo, is a medical physician. He retired from the Federal Ministry of Well being, the place he held completely different management positions.

He has been extensively attacked by his contemporaries for making uncomplimentary remarks concerning the working situations of medical doctors within the nation and taking selections believed to have damaging impacts on the well being sector.

The NARD resumed the strike it suspended in April on August 2, following the failure of the Federal Authorities to fulfill its calls for.

The NARD can also be aggrieved with state governments equivalent to Ondo, Ekiti, Imo and Abia, which owe its members for months.

The Federal Authorities had a gathering with the medical doctors on Friday, August 20, to amicably resolve the disaster. Nonetheless, the medical doctors refused to signal a Memorandum of Understanding developed throughout the assembly with the federal government.

In an additional try to get the medical doctors again to work, the Federal Authorities approached the Nationwide Trade Courtroom to order the medical doctors again to work. 

The courtroom on Monday, August 23, directed the medical doctors to return to work to permit the federal government to proceed searching for technique of assembly their calls for.

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Nonetheless, the medical doctors mentioned the federal government should meet their calls for earlier than they might return to work.

The NARD, which consists of home officers and resident medical doctors, are extra in public hospitals than consultants who’re senior medical doctors.

A few of the medical doctors’ calls for embody: reversal by the federal government, the round from the Head of Service of the Federation which eliminated home officers from the scheme of service; improve in hazard allowance for medical doctors past N5,000; fee of medical doctors who’re being owed by state and federal governments; and fee of the Nationwide Minimal Wage Consequential Adjustment to a number of the medical doctors by the federal government.

Others are: the domestication of the Medical Residency Coaching Act of 2017 by state governments; recruitment of extra medical doctors by the federal government to cut back workload in hospitals, and  fee of COVID-19 inducement allowance to all of the medical doctors working in federal and state well being services.

The ICIR had, on Thursday, reported how medical doctors, who mentioned they might not bear the pains of working in hospitals within the nation, thronged a recruitment centre in Abuja with a view to jetting out to Saudi Arabia the place there are higher working situations.

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