Resident doctors at the Federal Medical Centre, FMC, Katsina have accused management of the hospital of neglecting the welfare of staff, leading to provision of poor services at the centre.
President of the Association of Resident Doctors, Dr. Suleiman Mohammed Usman at a news conference yesterday, lamented nonpayment of staff entitlements amounting to N16 million.
Dr Usman said out of the amount, about N8 million was a shortfall of January and February salary, while N5 million was for training fees for the resident doctors.
He said the management had failed to settle salary arrears of newly employed doctors for four months as well as December 2014 salary to 50 resident doctors and house officers.
Dr Usman further expressed concern on the non implementation of skipping for doctors which is already being implemented in other federal medical centres.
He wondered why the management of the hospital failed to settle staff entitlements despite increase of N345.55 million into personnel cost which was contained in 2015 budget and an average of N16 million revenue being generated monthly.
He said the strike embarked upon by the resident doctors eight weeks ago would continue until the management settles all their entitlements.
Reacting to the doctors’ claims, the medical director of the hospital, Dr Abdulmajid Umar Daura pleaded with them to understand the financial situation of the hospital.
Dr Umar said, currently, the hospital has no money to settle their entitlements and called on the striking doctors to resume work in the interest of the state and the nation.

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