National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) has stated that it will commence a five day warning nationwide strike to begin on Wednesday 11 May to press for her demands.
According to the association president Dr. Muhammad Askira, the strike action was as a result of the unsatisfactory efforts of the Government to meets their demands.
“There are some processes still ongoing in resolving the impasse,” Askira admitted, but said, “efforts so far made by government has not yet met our demands” with respect to doctors’ pay and residency training.
Top among NARD’s grievances is the fact that resident doctors at Federal hospitals including UBTH, UCH and LUTH have not been paid December salaries unlike their non-doctor counterparts, and new entry steps for house officers are yet to be implemented.
He noted that some hospitals still bar resident doctors from skipping a pay grade unlike non-doctors after a court ruling allowed the practice, and arrears that have accrued from years of the practice are yet to be paid to doctors.
NARD is also aggrieved that a government committee to consider reintroduction of residency training programme is yet to take off and that its members who were “unfairly sacked are yet to be recalled.”
A previous indefinite nationwide strike due to start on Tuesday, after an ultimatum that’s run more than 30 days, was shelved in favour of the warning strike. Askira said the decision was to “press home our demands, on one hand, and also to enable the government enough time to expedite action in areas of ongoing negotiations not adequately addressed.”