Doctors under the aegis of the Nigerian Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) have been instructed to resume today, Monday, 22 May 2023, after the expiration of their five-day warning strike.
In a statement signed by the Publicity Secretary, Dr Umar Musa, made available to Pharmanewsonline, it was disclosed that the nationwide strike was called off, following the review of the commitments made by the Federal Government.
He said further review of progresses made on their demands shall be reviewed in two weeks’ time.
According to Musa “The Nigerian Association of Resident Doctors (NARD), calls off its five-day warning strike after review of the commitments made by the FG. Members are to resume work 8am Monday, 22nd May 2023.
“Further review of progresses made shall be ratified at the NARD OGM, tagged ‘EKO 2023’ slated for 28th May – 3rd June”.
Pharmanewsonline can reports that the NARD 5-day warning strike, which commenced on 17 May, crippled healthcare services in some teaching hospitals across the nation, including University College Hospital, Ibadan; Lagos State University Teaching Hospital; FMC Ebute Metta; among others.
Some of the demands of the physicians are: immediate massive recruitment of clinical staff in the hospitals; immediate withdrawal of the bill seeking to compel medical and dental graduates to render five-year compulsory services in Nigeria before being granted full licenses to practise; immediate infrastructural development in the hospitals with a subsequent allocation of at least 15 per cent of the budgetary provisions to health in line with the 2001 Abuja declaration.
Other demands are the immediate payment of the 2023 Medical Residency Training Fund in line with the agreements reached at the stakeholders’ meeting convened by the Federal Ministry of Health on February 15, 2023; the immediate increment in the Consolidated Medical Salary Structure to the tune of 200 per cent of the gross salary of Doctors in addition to the allowances included in the letter written to the Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire on 7 July 2022, for the review of CONMESS; among others.