The Oyo State chapter of the Nigeria Medical Association on Tuesday said its members in public and private hospitals will begin a three-day strike from Wednesday, January 10, 2018 to protest what it described as the unfair treatment of doctors at the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology Teaching Hospital, Ogbomoso.
Speaking at a press conference held in Ibadan, the chairman of the association in the state, Dr. Omolola Atalabi, accused Governor Abiola Ajimobi of dismissing 256 workers at the hospital and transferring 299 others to different parts of the state.
The association also condemned the redeployment of 55 resident doctors, saying that it was against the practice of the profession.
The NMA also asked members of the Medical and Dental Consultants and the Association of Resident Doctors at the LAUTECHTH to begin an indefinite strike immediately.
Atalabi said that for the past two years, all efforts of the NMA and the National Association of Resident Doctors to dialogue with Ajimobi over the LAUTECHTH crisis had proved abortive.
She said, “As a New Year present to the staff of LAUTECH, Ajimobi and his team decided to sack over 256 members of staff of the teaching hospital and transferred another 299 to different parts of the state. Fifty-five resident doctors were also redeployed, while six consultants were transferred to various locations.
“Resident doctors undergo specialist training in different fields of medicine in specific teaching hospitals that have been accredited by the postgraduate medical college. Any attempt to transfer this group of doctors from a teaching to a non-teaching, unaccredited institution will automatically truncate their training schedule and terminate the status of LAUTECHTH as a teaching hospital. This is contrary to the edict that established the residency training programme and the letter of appointments given to these doctors.”
While saying that Ajimobi had been ill-advised on the LAUTECH issue by people who used their closeness to the governor to fan the embers of their political ambition, the NMA chairman in the state called for an immediate reversal of the resident doctors’ transfer, payment of outstanding salary arrears of the workers and the immediate constitution of a proper governing board for the smooth running of the institution.
Meanwhile, the Commissioner for Health in the state, Dr Azeez Adeduntan, said an end to the crisis was in sight after a meeting between the governor and the NARD on Monday.
“NARD and the governor met on Monday and we are about to solve the problem. When you are in trouble financially, you have to review your activities. If we don’t move in, LAUTECHTH will collapse. We intend to make it a first class hospital. We have redeployed and we have asked some people to leave. NARD took an extreme position during the meeting and you don’t do that when you are negotiating. I am sure that within the next one week, NARD will come back if they decide to sign the agreement the governor wants them to sign,” said Adeduntan.
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