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FG’s Sack Of 16,000 Resident Doctors

President Buhari
Posted: Jun 24, 2016 at 2:00 am   /   by   /   comments (1)

Federal Government’s reported sack of 16,000 resident doctors working in government hospitals across the country has again brought to the fore, the need for government to desist from taking unpopular and ill-conceived decisions on sensitive matters, such as workers’ demands for improved allowances and conditions of service.

Earlier in the week, the federal government, represented by Professor Isaac Adewole, the Minister of Health, reportedly issued a directive to all Chief Medical Directors and Medical Directors that: “It has come to the notice of the Management of the Federal Ministry of Health that some resident doctors in your establishment have voluntarily withdrawn from the residency training programme by refusing to report for training without authorisation in spite of the on-going negotiations on their demands. In view of this development, you are hereby directed to replace all the doctors that have withdrawn their services with others from the pool of applicants for the training programmes in the various disciplines”.

Federal Government’s latest purported sack of 16,000 resident doctors is a clear indication that it has not learnt from past experiences. A similar ugly development occurred under the administration of Mr. Babatunde Fashola, former Governor of Lagos State, during which the government, following the doctors’ strike over conditions of service, sacked resident doctors working in hospitals across the state. After sacking the striking doctors, the administration directed they should be replaced with others from the pool of applicants for training programmes in various disciplines. At the end of it all, the state government was forced to recall the striking doctors. We shall not be surprised that in this case too, the federal government would have no option but to recall the doctors.

It is disturbing that government has again failed to meet the demands of resident doctors working in its hospitals across the country. Government has a bad record when it comes to issues of industrial harmony and amicable resolution of conflicts until the situation degenerates into unpleasant developments with dire consequences.

The sack of such a huge number of resident doctors at once will certainly have serious and incalculable consequences on healthcare delivery to millions of poor and helpless Nigerians across the country.

Already, since the resident doctors embarked on strike, a number of patients in government hospitals across the country have reportedly been victims of premature death. It is certain that if the strike persists, more avoidable deaths of innocent patients will occur.

We urge government to desist from taking decisions that could inevitably lead to the untimely death of Nigerians as a result of the way it handles labour issues with resident doctors in particular. It should appreciate the value of the lives of ordinary Nigerians and ensure nothing prevents them from having unhindered access to doctors and health services.

A situation, in which patients are denied health services and later die due to government‘s sack of resident doctors since they cannot afford the cost of medical treatment in private hospitals, does not portray an administration that came on the mantra of change in good light.

The sensitive nature of the job of resident doctors requires that there should be no delay in attending to their genuine demands in order to avert avoidable death of patients groaning in pains.

The government made a big blunder by directing that the sacked doctors be replaced with other applicants from the pool. Do these so-called applicants have the requisite professional and working experiences that would enable them step into the shoes of the sacked resident doctors confidently and perform satisfactorily? Does government realise healthcare delivery is essentially about the health of human beings and that it is dangerous to entrust the lives of patients in the hands of inexperienced doctors?

We implore the federal government to unconditionally rescind its decision on the resident doctors and meet with their representatives with a view to finding amicable solution to their grievances. No sacrifice by this administration is too much to prevent innocent patients in federal hospitals from untimely death.



Comments (1)

  • Jun 25, 2016 at 11:43 am SunnyAde1

    Buhari can sack Doctors because he is able to waste Nigerians money
    abroad to get treatment for meer ear-effections! Buhari, you have
    failed! you are a disappointment!!

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