The National Association of Residents Doctors (NARD) has vowed that there is no going back on its ongoing nation wide strike until the federal government meet their demands
Penpushing reports that the president, National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD), Oyo State chapter, Dr. Adedayo Williams, noted that although the federal government has already called them for a meeting which has been slated for Wednesday but they are not going to called off the strike on a promissory note
According to him, “our aim was not to endangered the lives of our patients, but we don’t want government to played games with us because a frustrated doctor that will be not able to concentrate and likely not unstable is even more dangerous that leaving patient uncared for
“The principles of medicine is you either leave the patient how they are or you do no harm, some of our demands were meet after our last agitation but there is need for the goverment to dialogue with us and sort things out.
Speaking on the level of complaince by the doctors, Adedayo said that there is total compliance by members, but some patients who were admitted before the strike and on critical conditions were still been attended to.
Some of the demands of the doctors includes: provision of genuine group life insurance and death in service benefit for all workers, immediate payment of the Medical Residency Training funding to all her members as approved in the reversed 2020 budget, immediate payment of the outstanding April/May and June Covid-19 inducement allowance to all health workers, determination of the revised hazard allowance for all health workers as agreed in previous meetings with relevant stakeholders
Other are: immediate payment of the salary shortfalls of 2014, 2015 and 2016, doctors working under the various tertiary institutions should be placed on appropriate salary grade level and universal implementation of the Medical Residency Training Act of 2017 in all State tertiary institutions, and payment of all arrers owed our members in Federal and state tertiary health institutions, arising from consequential adjustments of the national minimum wages