About 43 medical doctors in the employment of the Nasarawa state government have voluntarily disengaged from service over alleged poor remuneration and high tax regime between January this year to date.
State chairman of the Nigerian Medical Association, NMA, Dr. Friday Omolei disclosed this Thursday while briefing newsmen on the outcome of an emergency congress meeting of the association in Lafia.
Omolei who further revealed that 17 more doctors have also applied to disengage from employment of the state government over same reasons, lamented that most of their members working with the state government and who were due for promotion have not been given since the date of employment up to 14 years now.
According to him, the doctors were those working in the state Dalhatu Afraf Specialist Hospital Lafia and the state Hospitals Management Board.
He frowned at any attempt by the state government to cut down salaries of the working and poor civil servants as a means of generating revenue for the development of the state, noting that the salary review committee set up by the state government should be upward in view of the prevailing economic realities.
He said that the association had at the emergency congress meeting resolved to give the state government a 7-day ultimatum to address their demands, without which it would have no option than to embark on indefinite strike.
The state NMA boss regretted that the state government had failed to honour an agreement entered into with the association in respect of implementation of corrected Consolidated Medical Salary Structure, pointing out that the development has negatively affected healthcare delivery in the state.
“Our members were convinced that the delay in addressing the issues is geared towards depriving members of the needed stimulus to further motivate them for optimal performance.
“We hereby issue a 7-day ultimatum with effect from today, Thursday 26th May 2016 after which the association would have no option than to resume her earlier suspended withdrawal of services from 2nd June, 2016 until all our demands are met,” he maintained.