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NMA backs resident docs, offers FG 21-days ultimatum

The Nigerian Medical Affiliation (NMA), has thrown its weight behind the continuing nationwide strike, launched into by the Nationwide Affiliation of Resident Docs (NARD).

In a press release collectively signed by its President, Professor Harmless Ujah, and Secretary-Basic, Dr Philips Ekpe, the NMA stated the Federal Authorities ought to resolve all pending points with NARD inside 21 days within the curiosity of all involved.

The NMA launched the assertion on Sunday after the manager arm of the affiliation held a Nationwide Government Council (NEC), assembly between August 22 and August 28 in Benin.

The affiliation stated that it might not enable any physician to be victimised for taking part within the strike instituted by NARD.

The assertion reads: “The assorted industrial disputes involving the totally different associates of the affiliation was exhaustively reviewed.

“After due consideration, NEC put the Federal Authorities on a 21-days discover to totally resolve all the problems contained within the numerous agreements signed with the affiliate members of the NMA together with NARD, MDCAN, and MEDSABAMS.

“The Nigerian Medical Affiliation absolutely helps all her associates of their efforts to enhance healthcare supply in Nigeria and the welfare of her members.

“NEC affirms that no physician shall be victimised for taking part, or not taking part within the strike by NARD.

“If the FG fails to implement the agreements after the expiration of the 21-days discover, NMA shall summon an Emergency Delegate Assembly to evaluation the progress made on the implementation of the agreements,” it acknowledged.

NARD commenced a nationwide strike on August 1, after the three months it gave the federal authorities to implement the phrases of the MoU it signed with the affiliation in April elapsed.

Because the graduation of the strike, the Nationwide Meeting (NASS), has made a number of makes an attempt to intervene within the matter by holding conferences with the NARD management, however these conferences had produced no concrete outcome.

In an earlier interview with NAN, the NARD Publicity Secretary, Dr Dotun Oshikoya, accused the FG of being detached in the direction of its calls for, saying that this motion had additionally annoyed NASS, forcing it to “take off its fingers” from the matter.

Mr Oshikoya stated that regardless of the affiliation’s discussions with the NASS, nothing tangible had been executed to handle the problems that triggered the continuing strike as a result of the manager arm of the federal government remained unresponsive.

“The manager arm of the federal government isn’t doing something to implement our calls for, and the NASS can solely be a mediator and make suggestions; they can’t do their work for them,” Mr Oshikoya stated.

A no-work-no-pay order, instituted by the FG for docs on the federal and state public well being establishments is presently being applied.

The FG had issued a round directing all Chief Medical Administrators (CMDs) and Medical Administrators (MDs) of state and federal hospitals, to open a piece register for docs.

This directive implies that docs but to return to work is not going to be paid August wage, whilst NARD claimed that authorities was owing its members in some state and federal hospitals salaries spanning between three months and one yr.

Among the calls for made by NARD embrace speedy wage fee to all home officers and an upward evaluation of the present hazard allowance to 50 per cent of consolidated salaries of all well being employees.

Different calls for are fee of excellent COVID-19 allowance and fee of demise in service insurance coverage for all well being employees, who died because of COVID-19 an infection, or different infectious illnesses within the nation.

NARD additionally insists that wage shortfalls of 2014, 2015, and 2016, owed members in state and federal well being establishments be paid.

Because the graduation of the strike, healthcare supply in state and federal public well being services stay epileptic with solely consultants and corps docs out there in most services to cater to the well being wants of the general public. 

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