• Minister directs hospitals to fill vacant positions

As resident doctors commenced their nationwide strike on Monday in all government hospitals across the country, the Minister of Health, Professor Isaac Adewole has sacked all doctors involved in the industrial action, directing that affected doctors’ positions to be filled.
This was contained in a press release signed by Boade Akinola, director, Media and Public Relations of the ministry and sent to Nigerian Pilot yesterday in Abuja.
The release read: “The Hon. Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole has directed the Chief Medical Directors, CMDs, and Medical Director of federal government tertiary health institutions to fill the vacancies created by resident doctors who have abandoned their training programme by refusing to report for work with immediate compliance.”
According to the release, the directive was contained in a circular signed by the permanent secretary, Dr. Amina Shamaki, and sent to all the CMDs and medical directors of all federal tertiary health institutions.
The circular read: “It has come to the notice of the management of the ministry that some resident doctors in your establishment have voluntarily withdrawn from the residency training programme by refusing to report for training without authorisation. Public Service Rule 030402 (e) is relevant. This is in spite of the ongoing negotiations on their demands put forward by the representatives of the National Association of Resident Doctors, NARD, under the auspices of the Nigerian Medical Association.”
The CMDs and MDs were directed to replace all doctors that have withdrawn their services, including those applying for the training programes in various disciplines.
The ministry further stated that it was working with the panel led by Professor Wole Atoyebi, registrar of the National Postgraduate Medical College, to review the residency training in Nigeria and to fast-track the development of a comprehensive blueprint for postgraduate training of doctors in the country.
Meanwhile, as at the time of filing this report, the NIGERIA Medical Association, NMA, were holding a meeting with members of House of Representatives over the NARD sack order by government.

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