Ondo resident doctors begin strike over unpaid salaries

Resident doctors at the University of Medical Sciences Teaching Hospitals Ondo and Akure complexes Friday embarked on an indefinite strike over unpaid salaries.

 Blueprint Weekend reports that the doctors had gathered at the Akure complex as early as 9:00am displaying placards with different inscriptions highlighting their plights.

According to the chairman, media committee, Association of Resident Doctors, UNIMEDTHC, Dr. Taiwo Olagbe, the doctors were being owed six, five, four, three months’ salaries depending on when they joined the service of the hospital.

He alleged that after several representations to the management and a protest to the Governor’s Office on December 23, 2019, all promises made by the special adviser to the governor on health matters and the Secretary to the State Government(SSG), Ifedayo Abegunde, were not fulfilled.

 The hospital management was also alleged to have attempted a divide and rule strategy as the “management selected 33 out of over 150 doctors and paid them untagged one month, and the rest have nothing to give to their families for the yuletide.”

The doctors, however, appealed to Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu and all well-meaning Nigerians to prevail on the management of the teaching hospital to pay third salaries.

 Meanwhile, the Commissioner for Health, Dr. Wahab Adegbenro, has given the assurance that the doctors would begin to receive credit alerts starting from Monday, next week.