The management of the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH) Teaching Hospital, Osogbo, has sacked some members of the Association of Resident Doctors in the hospital. President of the Association of Resident Doctors, Dr Adeyinka Owolabi, confirmed this in Osogbo on Wednesday during a press briefing, but was not specific on the number of doctors sacked.
Dr. Owolabi, in his statement, said sincere attempts from outside the state to intervene in the crisis were resisted by the state government as they (state government) and their representatives took to blackmail, intimidation and unjust victimization of members of the association to stop them from fighting for their rights.
Dr, Owolabi lamented that they did not follow due process. Hear him:
“Residency training is guided by policies which are not peculiar to our hospital here alone. The sacking of some of our members was unjustly done.”
They have sacked them on paper but I can assure you that we can not allow it to see the light of the day. They have prepared the letters but we will resist it.”
The resident doctors at the hospital have been on strike for more than seven months, over issues relating to unpaid salaries, among others. Dr. Owolabi however revealed that the ARD at the teaching hospital held a meeting on Tuesday and resolved to continue the strike started on September 28, 2015 because the state government was not ready to find a lasting solution to the crisis.
He called on the presidency and all Nigerians to intervene in the lingering industrial crisis between the organization and the Osun State government in order to avoid the looming collapse of health care delivery in the state.
Meanwhile, Resident Doctors under the aegis of the National Association of Resident Doctors of Nigeria (NARD) had on Sunday announced it has shifted its planned nationwide strike by two weeks. The strike that was to commence on April 25 will now begin on May 9.