FG sacks striking resident doctors

*DOGARA INTERVENES

The Presidency has sacked all the resident doctors who are on strike in Federal Tertiary Hospitals.

The resident doctors embarked on the strike on Monday, to protest the non-payment of their salaries by some state and Federal Governments owned hospitals.

But the Health Minister, Professor Isaac Adewole, in a circular to the chief medical directors and medical directors of federal tertiary hospitals, ordered them to immediately fill vacancies of resident doctors who are on strike.

The minister said they should be replaced from a pool of applicants for the residency training programme in various disciplines, to prevent the disruption of services in their hospitals.

Adewole regretted that the resident doctors proceeded on strike, despite the ongoing negotiations on their demands by the Nigeria Medical Association.

He said government would continue to work with the panel set up on the review of residency training programme, to fast-track the development of a comprehensive blueprint for the post graduate training of doctors.

Meanwhile, the House of Representatives has intervened in the sack of resident doctors who are on strike in Federal teritary hospitals.

The Speaker, Yakubu Dogara, presided over the meeting on Tuesday night with top officials of the Nigeria Medical Association, shortly after the presidency ordered the sack of the striking resident doctors.

At the meeting were the health minister, the representatives of the labour and employment minister, the chairman of the revenue mobilization and fiscal commission, as well as, the chief medical directors of federal tertiary hospitals and the relevant committees of the house.

The National Association of Resident Doctors is expected to hold a crucial meeting on Friday to react to the sack directive.

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