While President Muhammadu Buhari retains consulting with docs in London, United Kingdom, thousands and thousands of Nigerians within the final six days have been left with out entry to medical remedy because of a nationwide strike launched into by the Nigerian Association of Resident Doctors (NARD).
President Buhari on July 26 travelled to London, United Kingdom to take part within the Global Education Summit on Financing Global Partnership for Education (GPE) 2021-2025 and see his docs.
According to Femi Adesina, presidential spokesman, the President can even spend some days for an earlier scheduled medical follow-up.
“After the Summit, the President will spend a few days for an earlier scheduled medical check-up. He is due back by the second week of August 2021,” Adesina had stated.
This got here just a few days after SaharaReporters uncovered how the go to was deliberate ‘secretly’ to keep away from rampage or any “embarrassing protest” towards the Nigerian President in London.
On the 2nd of August, the National President of NARD, Dr. Okhuaihesuyi Uyilawa introduced an indefinite strike motion nationwide.
The docs strike motion comes on the path of a 3rd wave of the COVID-19 pandemic within the nation and at a time when President Buhari is within the UK for medical causes.
Their grievances are contained in a Memorandum of Action (MOA) endorsed in April by each the placing docs and authorities representatives, together with the Labour and Employment Minister, Chris Ngige.
But the docs’ affiliation expressed remorse that the settlement, which had led to the suspension of a week-long strike earlier in April, had been ignored by the federal government.
They accused Ngige, a former governor and in addition a medical physician by career, of not paying enough consideration to docs’ welfare.
The docs had demanded amongst different issues, the rapid cost of COVID-19 inducement allowance to a few of its members in federal and state tertiary establishments.
They additionally demanded the evaluation of hazard allowance for well being employees as a result of danger related to their career.
The affiliation additionally decried the undue hardship its members on the GIFMIS platform are going through as a result of delays in cost of their salaries starting from three to seven months.
A communique issued on the finish of its nationwide govt council assembly which held in Abia State, South-East Nigeria, reads in components; “The NEC noted that despite Government promise to migrate her members from the GIFMIS to the IPPIS platform, they are still stuck on the GIFMIS platform which is laced with payment irregularities.
“The NEC noted with grievous concerns the circular from the Head of Service of the Federation removing House Officers from the scheme of service and the consequent implementation by the Lagos State Government.”
The physique additionally claims that some home officers, who’re contemporary graduates from medical colleges, are nonetheless owed between one to 2 months salaries, and that “the NEC noted that ‘bench fee’ for outside postings by resident doctors has been abolished, however, some Chief Medical Directors have renamed the bench fee as training fee causing hardship for our members.”
Rather than maintain talks with the docs, Ngige on Friday stated he invoked the “no work, no pay” rule.
“They will not receive money for the period that they are on strike and it will never count for a pensionable position in their career,” he stated.
Asked if that was a good place, the Minister declared that “that’s what it is”.
“Even the ILO (International Labour Organisation) supports it because they (doctors) offer essential services,” he stated, including that they weren’t imagined to go on strike with out notifying him 15 days prior.
Although he admitted that NARD despatched him “a communique” of their assembly, detailing their grievances and the decision to go on strike, it was not the identical as a commerce dispute notification which he insists is what they should have despatched to him.