BREAKING: Federal Government Sacks Striking Doctors 24 Hours Into Industrial Action
The federal government of Nigeria has sacked resident doctors in federal hospitals, a day after the unions began an industrial action.
Professor Isaac Adewole, Nigeria’s health minister has directed chief medical directors in federal government health institution to proceed to fill the “vacancies” created by the resident doctors. According to the FG circular, the striking doctors “abandoned” their training programme.
A spokesman of the ministry, Mr. Boade Akinola, revealed that the directive was issued in a circular signed by Ms. Amina Shamaki, a permanent secretary.
“It has come to the notice of the management of the ministry that some resident doctors in your establishment have voluntarily withdrawn from the residency training program by refusing to report for training without authorisation. public service rule, PSR 030402 (e) is relevant,” the circular read.
“This is in spite of the ongoing negotiations on their demands put forward by the representatives of the National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) under the auspices of the Nigerian Medical Association.
“In view of this development, you are hereby directed to replace all the doctors that have withdrawn their services, with others from the pool of applicants for the training programs in the various disciplines in order not to create ominous gap in training with attendant disruption of health care delivery in your facility.
“Meanwhile, the ministry is working with the panel on the review of the residency training programme in Nigeria, led by Professor Wole Atoyebi, the registrar of the National Postgraduate Medical College, to fast-track the development of a comprehensive blueprint for postgraduate training of doctors in the country.
“Please, ensure immediate compliance.”
Resident doctors in federal government hospitals had embarked on a nationwide strike on Monday, June 20, 2016.