Chief Medical Director, CMD, Federal Teaching Hospital, Ido Ekiti, Ekiti State, Dr Majekodunmi Ayodele has called on the federal government to sponsor a bill that would criminalise incessant strikes being embarked upon by medical workers in the country.
Speaking on a nationwide strike embarked on by doctors under the banner of Nigerian Medical Association, NMA, Ayodele said the incessant industrial crises were crippling the health sector in Nigeria.
He urged President Muhammadu Buhari to set machinery in motion for the restructuring of the health sector by prohibiting medical personnel, whom he said offer essential services, from embarking on strike.
The doctors are presently on strike to demand full implementation of Consolidated Medical Salary Scale and commencement of payment for the skipping of Consolidated Health Salary Scale 2 to members, as directed by the federal government.
The medical practitioner, however, appealed to doctors in the federal teaching hospital to show understanding, saying “the templates for the implementation of CONMESS and payment for skipping CONHESS 2 have not been released by FG , let alone releasing money for their payments.”
Ayodele added: “The FG must start a process of restructuring the health sector. It seems as if the medical officers, including doctors, nurses and others are addicted to strike and this is killing the system.
“In 2014, doctors went on strike for over four months while JOHESU was on strike for about six months. Out of about 360 working days, hardly did they come to work for their legitimate duties for 120 days.
“We cannot afford to abandon our responsibilities because we offer essential services.
“How do you realise money to pay for residency training when workers are not working to make money? You can’t be embarking on strike at the slightest opportunity and be expecting sponsorship for training from the hospital because they are not being paid for by FG.
“Let me also add that this rumour going round that the funding for CONHESS 2 and CONMESS had been factored into the 2015 Budget is not true. It is saddening that we are losing lives here on daily basis and we plead with our colleagues to resume to work. They must show understanding and patriotism,” he said.
Ayodele assured the workers that all their entitlements and arrears of unpaid benefits would be paid, insisting that the option of strike is counter-productive and not in the interest of the Nigerian populace.
He doused the tension elicited by fear that he could implement no-work-no-pay rule, saying “only the FG has the prerogative to apply such. And as long as there is no directive to that effect, I have no reason to do that,” he stressed.
The CMD said he had been keeping the hospital going in rendering services to the people by making use of corps members.

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