LUTH resident doctors begin strike


The Association of Resident Doctors, ARD, Lagos University Teaching Hospital, LUTH, yesterday began a three-day warning strike.

This followed the expiration of a seven-day ultimatum issued to the management to address its demands.

The protesting doctors, dressed in their clinical coats with black arm bands, began a peaceful demonstration from the dental to the medical wards.

They expressed their displeasure with the management for inabilitytoresolvetheirissues.

The association’s president, Dr. Omojowolo Olubunmi, had in a telephone interview with National Mirror said that the association resolved to embark on the strike as a result of the management’s non-implementation of the rectified CONMESS scale.

He added that nonchalant attitude of the management towards the demands and gross negligence of patients through a new policy of ‘payment before surgery’ also triggered the strike.

In a communiqué signed by the association’s president, the resident doctors demanded that the contentious letter of employment, with all the clauses given to new resident doctors, be withdrawn immediately and a new one issued.

They also insist that the implementation of the rectified CONMESS should commence immediately and letters of skipping of CONMESS 2 be issued to all doctors immediately, as directed by the circular from the Federal Ministry of Health.

While expressing concern about the recent hike in hospital fees and the new policy stating that patients must pay before surgery, even in emergency situations, the doctors insisted that the management should revisit the decision.

Also, the association stated that the issue of six months post-fellowship, which they insisted should be automatic and non- negotiable as practised in other climes, be addressed.

The ARD had given the management of LUTH a 21- day ultimatum following the warning strike, to embark on an indefinite strike if it failed to address the issue of gross shortage of working materials and consumables, and other issues.

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