Doctors to begin nationwide strike on Monday

Resident doctors across the country are poised to embark on an indefinite strike beginning on Monday, 7th of September 2020, in the wake of government’s failure to fulfil its sundry promises pertaining to the overall welfare of healthcare workers in the country.

Doctors attributed their decision to the non-payment of the outstanding salary shortfall of 2014, 2015, 2016, the National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) said the government was insincere in its promise concerning the revised hazard allowance for all health workers, which was supposed to commence in September 2020.

The President of NARD, Dr. Aliyu Sokomba, made this known in a statement on Friday in Abuja.

He said, “The National Executive Council meeting of the Nigerian Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) held virtually on the 2nd of September 2020, to review the 21-day ultimatum issued to government which elapsed 17th of August 2020, observed the insincerity of the government in determining the revised hazard allowance for all health workers, which was supposed to commence in September 2020.

“NEC noted that in spite of the inclusion, the residency funding in the revised 2020 budget, the government has not made a plan to implement the payment despite several promises by several stakeholders.

“NEC noted the failure of the Federal Government to procure group life insurance and death in service benefits for all health workers.

He added, “NEC resolved to proceed on an indefinite nationwide strike action from Monday 7th of September 2020 by 8am until the following conditions are met: Provision of genuine group life insurance and death in service benefits for all health workers; Immediate payment of the Medial Residency Training funding to all her members as approved in the revised 2020 budget, among others.

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