Resident Doctors Protest Sack

Members of the Lagos State chapter,
Nigerian Medical Association have expressed
their non-acceptance of the Federal
Government directive sacking 16,000
Residents doctor in the country as they
staged a protest at the Lagos University
Teaching Hospital, Idi- Araba, on Monday,
August 18.
The doctors, who wore white lab coats,
were seen carrying placards with
inscriptions, such as: ‘Sack of 16,000
resident doctors, death sentence for
Nigerians!’; ‘Sack Ebola, not doctors!’; ‘Sack
Boko Haram, not doctors’; ‘Sack Chukwu, not
doctors!’; ‘No to casualisation of doctor!’.
Chukwu must go, Das All,’ ‘No more overseas
checkup with tax payers’ money,’ ‘We say no
to Chukwu and Jonathan’.
“No, to oppression of doctors”, “Is this our
reward for saving lives?”.
The state Chairman of the association, Dr.
Tope Ojo, who addressed journalists at
LUTH, said that the sacking of resident
doctors in all federal teaching hospitals in
the country could lead to the collapse of the
health sector.
Ojo who stated that the NMA would not
resume any negotiation with the Federal
Government until the directive is
unconditionally reversed said: “The
immediate reversal of the sacking of all the
16,000 resident doctors is the minimal
demand for us to resume talks with the
Federal Government.
“It is not acceptable to us and we will do all
we can to defend our profession. They
signed several agreements with the
Academic Staff Union of Universities and did
not fulfil them. That is what they are doing
with us. They say they have met 90 per cent
of our demands, but it is not true. We will
not relent until we have put things in place
in our hospitals.”
The doctors also called for the immediate
removal of the Minister of Health, Prof.
Onyebuchi Chukwu, whom they alleged to
have misled the President, Dr. Goodluck
Jonathan into taking the decision.
Ojo said: “We are aware that this is an
attempt by the minister to casualise the
doctor’s employment, as Governor,
Babatunde Raji Fashola, has done in Lagos
State. We will resist it. The President has
been given a wrong counsel. No nation can
survive by throwing away its specialist
doctors.”
The 16,000 Resident doctors who are
specialist doctors in training in teaching
hospitals in Nigeria were on August 13,
2014 suspended by the Federal Government.
The FG’s directive followed the Residents
doctors indefinite strike since July 2014 in
protest of Federal Government’s non-
implemnetation of some agreements it had
with the union.
Meanwhile some concerned Nigerians like
Former Vice President, Atiku Abukar,
Chairperson house committee on Diaspora
Affairs, Hon Abike Dabiri
and Nigerian singer, Seun Kuti have reacted
to the Federal Government’s directive to sack
16,000 Resident Doctors in the country.

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