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Hospital Breakdown: Resident Doctors Declare Indefinite Strike, Leaving Patients in Limbo

The National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) has declared a “total and indefinite strike action”.

The National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) has announced that they will be going on a “total and indefinite strike action,” according to a statement released by the association. This decision comes after NARD issued a two-week ultimatum to the Federal Government to address their demands.

The resident doctors listed their demands to include:

  1. The immediate payment of the 2023 MRTF
  2. The immediate release of the circular on one-for-one replacement
  3. The payment of skipping arrears
  4. Upward review of CONMESS in line with full salary restoration
  5. The payment of arrears of consequential adjustment of minimum to the omitted doctors
  6. The reversal of the downgrading of the membership certificate by MDCN
  7. The payment of MRTF, new hazard allowance, skipping and implementation of corrected CONMESS in State Tertiary Health Institutions
  8. The payment of omitted hazard allowance arrears

The resident doctors have outlined their demands, which include the immediate payment of the 2023 Medical Residency Training Fund (MRTF), the release of a circular on one-for-one replacement, and the payment of skipping arrears. They additionally call for an upward review of the Consolidated Medical Salary Structure (CONMESS), the payment of arrears of consequential adjustment, and the reversal of the downgrading of membership certificates by the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria (MDCN). Furthermore, they demand the payment of MRTF, new hazard allowance, skipping, and the implementation of corrected CONMESS in State Tertiary Health Institutions, as well as the payment of omitted hazard allowance arrears.

The strike action was initiated after the Federal Government failed to address the association’s demands within the stipulated two-week ultimatum.

In an attempt to avert the strike, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Tajudeen Abbas, held closed-door deliberations with the leadership of NARD on Monday. Following these discussions, Abbas assured NARD that he would meet with President Bola Tinubu to address the resident doctors’ concerns. Furthermore, he announced the formation of an ad hoc committee to engage with all stakeholders and find a resolution to the matter. The Speaker also requested NARD to grant the house leadership a two-week period to work towards finding a solution.

The announcement of the strike action has drawn attention to the ongoing issues within Nigeria’s healthcare sector, particularly in relation to the demands and welfare of resident doctors. The disruption caused by the strike will undoubtedly impact the delivery of medical services and further highlights the urgent need for a resolution to prevent further healthcare challenges in the country.

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