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Check Abuse of Doctors’ Strike, CMD Urges Buhari

Posted: Jul 15, 2015 at 8:05 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Yaqoub Popoola   –  Ado- Ekiti


Chief Medical Director (CMD), Federal Teaching Hospital, Ido Ekiti, Dr Majekodunmi Ayodele has urged Federal Government to check the alleged abuse of industrial action by resident doctors.He suggested that the disturbing trend could be curtailed if a bill could be sponsored to criminalize the action.

Ayodele made the call on the heels of a nationwide strike embarked on by doctors under the aegis of the Association of Resident Doctors (ARD). Ayodele said the incessant industrial disharmony is crippling the health sector in the country.

President Muhammadu Buhari should set machinery in motion for the restructuring of the health sector by prohibiting medical personnel, whom he said offer essential services, from embarking on strike. The doctors are currently on strike to press home demand for full implementation of Consolidated Medical Salary Scale (CONMESS) and commencement of payment for the skipping of Consolidated Health Salary Scale (CONHESS) 2 to members, as directed by the Federal Government. The medical practitioner, however, appealed to doctors in the Federal Teaching hospital to show understanding, saying “the templates for the implementation of CONMESS and payment for skipping CONHESS 2 have not been released by FG , let alone releasing money for their payments”.

“The FG must start a process of restructuring  the health sector. It seems as if the medical officers, including doctors, nurses and others are addicted to strike and this is killing the system.

“In 2014, doctors went on strike for over four months while JOHESU was on strike for about six months. Out of about 360 working days, hardly did they come to work for their legitimate duties for 120 days. We cannot afford to abandon our responsibilities because we offer essential services.