The Federal Government on Tuesday wielded ordered the immediate sack of the striking resident doctors and the process of their replacement commenced. Daily Independence reports.
No fewer than 16, 000 resident doctors are working in government hospitals across the country.
In a circular directed to chief medical directors (CMDs) and medical directors (MDs) of Federal Government’s tertiary health institutions in the country, and signed by permanent secretary of the Federal Ministry of Health, Dr. Amina Shamaki, government ordered that steps be taken immediately to fill the vacancies created by the mass sack.
Prof. Isaac Adewole, Minister of Health, issued the directive on Tuesday, according to a statement by the Director, Press and Public Relations in the Federal Ministry of Health, Mrs. Boade Akinola.
“It has come to the notice of the management of the ministry that some resident doctors in your establishment have voluntarily withdrawn from the residency training programme by refusing to report for training without authorisation. Public Service Rule, PSR 030402 (e) is relevant. This is in spite of the ongoing negotiations on their demands put forward by the representatives of the National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) under the auspices of the Nigerian Medical Association”, the circular reads in part.
“In view of this development, you are hereby directed to replace all the doctors that have withdrawn their services, with others from the pool of applicants for the training programmes in the various disciplines in order not to create ominous gap in training with attendant disruption of health care delivery in your facility.
“Meanwhile, the ministry is working with the panel on the review of the residency training programme in Nigeria, led by Professor Wole Atoyebi, the registrar of the National Postgraduate Medical College, to fast-track the development of a comprehensive blueprint for postgraduate training of doctors in the country.
“Please, ensure immediate compliance”, the circular noted.
It would be recalled that resident doctors downed tools over unresolved issues that include allowances and condition of service.