Resident doctors to embark on five-day warning strike Wednesday
The Nigerian Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) has announced its intention to initiate a five-day warning strike after the Federal Government failed to meet its demands.
Ejes Gist News Nigeria gathered that an extraordinary, 6 and half hour National Executive Council meeting was held virtually on monday.
The resident doctors stated that the strike will begin at 8 a.m. on Wednesday, May 17, and end at 8 a.m. on Monday, May 22.
On April 29, 2023, NARD issued the Federal Government a two-week ultimatum to meet its demands or face industrial unrest.
The deadline was Saturday, May 13, 2023.
The doctors are requesting an immediate increase in the Consolidated Medical Salary Structure equal to 200 percent of their current gross pay.
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In addition, the doctors demand the immediate withdrawal of a bill that would require medical and dental graduates to perform five years of mandatory service in Nigeria before receiving full licences to practise.
In addition, they demand the immediate implementation of CONMESS, the domestication of the Medical Residency Training Act, and a review of the risk allowance by all state governments and private tertiary health institutions where residency training is conducted; among others.
Dr. Emeka Orji, president of NARD, told reporters that the strike involved both emergency and clinical services in hospitals.
Orji stated that despite the government’s ultimatum, which expired on May 13, the government did not negotiate with the doctors over their demands.