Medical doctors yesterday embarked on indefinite industrial action which eventually crippled activities at the Delta State University Teaching Hospital, DELSUTH, Oghara, in Ethiope-West Local Government Area, over insecurity within and around the hospital environment.
The doctors in a statement yesterday signed by their president, secretary and PRO, Drs Okocha Innocent, Omovigho Agbele and Orhewere Ejiro, hinted that in less than a year, four medical doctors had been kidnapped with their family members made to borrow money to secure their release.
They also accused the management of DELSUTH of delaying advancement and implementation of Senior Registrars 1 (SR 1) salary and arrears after qualifying and functioning in same capacity for more than three years.
The doctors stated that having had series of futile meetings with the management of the hospital, they had no other option than to embark on the strike in order resolve the impasse between it and the management of the hospital.
The doctors’ grievances include two years arrears and non-refund for updates, out-station postings and examination sponsorship, non-implementation of the readjusted relativity in Consolidated Medical Salary Scale, CONMESS, non-payment of some junior resident doctors’ salaries, non-accreditation of the department of postgraduate medical colleges, among others.
It was learnt that even before the industrial action, activities at the hospital had been literally on standstill with relatives of most patients taking them elsewhere for medical attention.

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