- Give FG 21-day notice over poor pay, infrastructure
National Association of Resident Doctors of Nigeria, NARD, has given the Federal Government a 21 day ultimatum beginning Monday 4th April 2016 over non- payment of salaries, poor infrastructure of hospitals across the nation and other issues bedeviling the health sector.
NARD said the warning was to press home their demands following which an industrial harmony in hospitals across the country may not be guaranteed.
The President of NARD, Dr. Muhammad Adamu Askira gave this warning yesterday in Abuja after an Extra Ordinary Executive Meeting at the National Hospital.
In a communiqué issued at the end of the meeting yesterday NARD had complained of nonpayment of salaries for the past eight months in some state-owned tertiary hospitals and the attendant total collapse of health care delivery in the affected states and loss of lives.
NARD further noted that some members in some state owned tertiary hospitals have not been paid salaries ranging from three to eight months.
‘’ Mostly notably are LAUECH Teaching Hospital Osogbo, Osun State, LAUTECH Ogbomosho, Oyo State, IMSUTH Orlu, Imo State, Kogi Specialist Hospital, ABSUTH Aba, Abia State and Ekiti State University Teaching Hospital.’’
‘’Most worrisome is the government of Osun State that remained unperturbed despite the total collapse of the health care delivery in the state and its attendant loss of lives’’, it stated.
The doctors further complained of payment of only fractions of salaries to doctors at FETHA Abakaliki, FMC Umuahia, ABUTH, Zaria, UNTH Enugu and nonpayment of salaries at hospitals like UCH, Ibadan, UBTH Benin, LUTH Idi Araba, FCM Owerri, ISTH Irua and NOH Dala since November and December of last year.
Other complaints include undue sack of members from some training institutions, none funding of residency training and delay in effecting pensions deduction of members.
NADR which gave government the 21 day ultimatum said, ‘’we implore government to adequate fund hospitals at all levels and upgrade of existing facilities in our hospitals in line with international best practices which will go a long way to curb the menace of medical of foreign medical tourism’’, among the release and implementation of residency training guidelines with monetary backup.’’
NARD also demanded an immediate reversal sack of resident doctors and ‘’to strictly comply with the pensions deductions act as amended (2014).