At the just concluded Ordinary General Meeting (OGM) of the National Association of Resident Doctors, a communique was issued, where the Association threatened to begin industrial action over unpaid salaries of its members.
The communique, which was signed and released by the President of the National Association of Resident Doctors, Dr. Uyilawa Okhuaihesuyi, lamented over the government’s refusal to keep to its promises included in the Memorandum of Actions, which was signed at the instance of the Minister of Labour, Dr. Chris Ngige.
Also, the President of NARD stated that the resident doctors in Abia and Imo states are being owed 21 and 7 months salary arrears respectively while the resident doctors under the Government Integrated Financial and Management Information System are being delayed salary for over four months.
In view of this, the Association has threatened to give a two-week ultimatum to both Federal and State Governments to fulfil their delayed promises or else; the Association will proceed on strike following the end of the ultimatum.
“While the OGM notes the willingness of government to migrate members from the GIFMIS to the IPPIS platform, we decry the lacklustre behaviour exhibited by heads of government parastatal agencies to achieve this. Our members are still in agony because of these delays and some House Officers are still being owed up to two months salaries,” NARD President said.
He added, “We note that teaching hospitals are grossly understaffed, and this is necessitated by the ongoing deadly brain drain killing the nation’s health care system. After extensive deliberations on all the issues affecting the welfare of our members and insincerity of government in fulfilling their promises, the OGM unanimously resolved that our ultimatum be extended by two weeks.
“This will further give the Federal Government more time to resolve all issues, failure of which the association shall resume the suspended total and indefinite strike action, after critical appraisal in an emergency meeting. We are unequivocal in assuring members of the public that the NARD is committed to the smooth running of the health sector. However, we can only do so when our welfare is given the desired attention,” he continued.