President of the Association of Resident Doctors, ARD, UCH branch, Dr. Lukman Ogunjinmi on Tuesday in Ibadan said that the meeting held to resolve the crisis between the doctors and the hospital’s management on Monday evening ended in deadlock.
The strike embarked on by about 600 resident doctors at the University College Hospital, UCH, Ibadan, entered the sixth day today.
Dr. Ogunjinmi, who made the disclosure at a press conference he addressed in Ibadan over the ongoing industrial action, called on well-meaning Nigerians to call the authority of the UCH to order before it is too late.
He emphasised that one of the two issues that made members of the association to embark on strike, which is alleged casualisation of medical officers in UCH, had been resolved. The second issue, which is demand for skipping of a particular grade level, has not been resolved.
Ogunjinmi noted that at the meeting, the leadership of ARD tabled their demands before the management; but the management team led by the chief medical director, Professor Temitope Alonge, said the issue of casualisation had been resolved and it did not exist.
Also, the publicity secretary of ARD, Dr. Olusegun Olaopa said the management of UCH had put on the letters of appointment issued the newly employed medical officers that their appointments, which should be permanent, would be terminated after three years if they did not get residency placement in UCH or any other place.
Alonge had told journalists in an interview: “In the circular that we have from the National Salary Wages Commission, there is nothing like skipping for doctors. So, whatever conflict that has arisen, the only body that is empowered to provide an answer is National Salary and Wages Commission. If we have a letter from the National Salary Wages Commission, they would have communicated with the budget and budget would have honoured that in our personnel appropriation and then we can begin to pay. You don’t pay what you don’t have.”

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