Resident doctors in government-owned hospitals under the aegis, National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD), have embarked on an indefi nite strike.
Th e doctors, who announced their strike in a statement released yesterday, are demanding for the resolution of persistent shortfalls and unpaid arrears of salaries, earned in both federal and state tertiary health institutions.
Th ey are also demanding for the enrolment of resident doctors into the IntegratedPersonnel Payroll Information System (IPPIS) which commenced since 2003, and non-implementation of adjusted House Offi cers’ Entry grade level equivalent since 2014.
Th ey are also asking for the resolution of issues around their stagnation of promotion and non-promotion of members who have met requisite criteria, despite all collective bargaining agreements and circulars.
Th e statement which was signed by NARD President, Dr. Onyebueze John, reads: “Rising from our NEC meeting, which started by 7pm yesterday and ended 3am today.
NARD has resolved to reject the promissory off er from Government, and proceed on total and indefi nite strike action until all items in her demand list for strike action are resolved by Government.
” Earlier, the doctors had refuted a statement by the Minister of Labour, Dr. Chris Ngige, saying the planned strike had been suspended, after a meeting with the doctors last Saturday