DOCTORS’ STRIKE DISRUPTS MEDICAL SERVICES AT UCH IBADAN
The Association of Resident Doctors, University College Hospital, Ibadan chapter said on Friday that its members would begin a three-day warning strike on Monday to express their displeasure at poor clinical service delivery and poor working condition in the hospital.
Chairman of the association, Luqman Ogunjinmi, and its general secretary, Segun Olaopa, told our correspondent that the strike was being embarked upon because of the lack of institutional accreditation for obstetrics and gynaecology.
They said the call rooms of the resident doctors were still in poor condition eight months after their last strike was called off.
A letter addressed to the office of the Chief Medical Director of the hospital and signed by Ogunjinmi, stated that the members of the association were sad that they were constantly being accused of clinical mishap and consequently suffered disqualification from the National Postgraduate Medical College examination.
The letter read in part, “We express our dissatisfaction at the recent disqualification of our members from the National Postgraduate Medical College examination based on lapse in hospital accreditation for Obstetrics and Gynaecology.
“We also express our frustration at the constant state of clinical disservice and lack of consumables, as well as equipment necessary for the smooth running of the hospital and optimal clinical service delivery.”
The letter added that the resident doctors were appalled at the attitude of the hospital management towards their stressful working condition due to shortage of doctors in all departments, especially anaesthesia.
“We wish to state in clear terms that we are unhappy about the non-payment of our December 2015 salaries, including November and December salaries of 47 house officers that resumed in November 2015,” the letter added.
In a related development, activities at the Jos University Teaching Hospital have been paralysed as members of the Joint Health Sector Unions of the hospital staged a demonstration, vowing to continue with the ongoing strike until the management implements all agreements reached with them.
The union comprises of the Non Academic staff Union, Nigerian Union of Allied Health Professionals, Senior Staff Association of University Teaching Hospitals, Research Institutes and Associated Institutions, Medical and Health Workers Union, and National Association of Nigerian Nurses and Midwives.
The protesters turned out in their hundreds, displaying placards, some of which read, ’Provide us with Consumables’, ‘The Health sector is Dying’, and ‘Promote our members’. Speaking to newsmen, the chairman of the union, Mr. Mustapha Kabir, listed the demands of the health workers to include the provision of drugs, laboratory reagents, gloves, bed sheets and others for patients.
He said, “MRI and CT Machines must be fixed, promotion arrears must be paid and cash collection in some units without remittance into JUTH account must stop.”
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