Nigeria’s well being sector faces whole shutdown as JOHESU points 15-day ultimatum

The present challenges within the Nigeria public hospitals might additional be compounded because the joint well being sector employees union has issued a 15-under day ultimatum to the federal authorities.

The Joint Well being Sector Unions (JOHESU) and Meeting of Healthcare Skilled Affiliation say they may begin an indefinite strike if excellent welfare points usually are not sorted throughout the interval.

This comes because the Nationwide Affiliation of Resident Docs (NARD) are nonetheless on strike over the federal government’s failure to fulfill their very own calls for too.

Biobelemonye Josiah, JOHESU’s nationwide president, in a letter addressed to the Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige, and different related stakeholders on Saturday in Abuja, mentioned that the 15-day ultimatum was necessitated by the non-challant angle of the federal government to the plight of its members.

In keeping with Mr Josiah, the welfare points embrace adjustment of Consolidated Well being Wage Construction (CONHES) as was performed with Consolidated Medical Wage Construction (CONMESS) since 2014, fee of all withheld April and Could 2018 Salaries of our members and withheld Salaries in Federal Medical Heart,  Owerri, JUTH and LUTH, evaluation of the faulty implementation of COVID-19 Particular Inducement and Hazard Allowance, implementation of Nationwide Industrial Court docket of Nigeria (NICN) Various Dispute Decision (ADR), Consent judgment and different courtroom judgments, enhance in retirement age from 60 to 65 years for well being employees and 70 years for Marketing consultant Well being Professionals.

”Others are fee of reviewed hazard allowance when it comes to fee that assure equity and justice to all involved, fee of precise 30 per cent consolidated fundamental shift obligation allowance to Nurses/Midwives and others.

”Cost of educating allowance to members on CONHESS 7 and eight (Nurses, Midwives and others) and correct placement of Nurse Graduates and Interns,” he mentioned.

JOHESU president additionally mentioned others embrace fee of excellent salaries of intern well being professionals and all of the Tertiary Well being Establishments, correct implementation of the guide pharmacist cadre for pharmacists within the public sector, amongst others.

In keeping with him, “you’ll recall that up until the time of penning this letter, the Federal Authorities has not deemed it match to honour the Phrases of Settlement entered into with JOHESU since September 2017.

”That is particularly the upward evaluation of CONHESS Wage Construction as agreed, to be accomplished inside 5 weeks from the date of settlement amongst different requests.

”Authorities didn’t deem it match to handle these key points throughout the length of the final seven days’ warning strike and has solely met with JOHESU on July 12,” he mentioned.

Mr Josiah mentioned that in July 2020, that the well being minister agreed {that a} mistake was made by the federal government within the fee of COVID-19 Particular Inducement and Hazard Allowances.

He famous that the shortfall was within the fee of fifty per cent Fundamental of Consolidated allowances to all these Well being Staff.

He added that up until the time of his letter, the shortfall has not been paid and to make issues worse, the federal government determined to once more wrongfully pay 10 per cent of Consolidated Fundamental Allowances to JOHESU members affected by the shortfall of April and Could 2020 in June.

“That is in contravention of the spirit and content material of the MoU signed on April 21, 2020.

”JOHESU, in compliance with the supply of Part 41 of the Commerce Disputes Act Cap.T8 LFN 2004, is constrained to offer the Federal Authorities of Nigeria 15 days ultimatum with impact from September 3.

”This is also to tell you that with impact from midnight of September 17, all our members within the Federal Well being Establishments shall embark on an indefinite strike motion in all state and Native Authorities well being establishments.

”You might be all positioned on crimson alert for the strike, if the Federal Authorities foot drags in attending to our calls for,” he mentioned.

Mr Josiah, nevertheless, famous that JOHESU had proven maturity, selflessness and patriotism within the face of utmost provocations and authorities’s nonchalant angle on the welfare of its members. 


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