Medical doctors have issued a notice of strike to the Federal Government.
The doctors, under the umbrella body of Nigerian Medical Association (NMA), warned of impending strike should the Federal Government accede to some of the demands of striking health workers.
The latest threat may compound the crisis in the sector as a result of the ongoing strike by the Joint Health Sector Union (JOHESU), which has been extended to the states and local councils.
In a statement yesterday, NMA noted that it opposed any adjustment in salary that could lead to parity between the doctors and other health professionals.
The statement, which was signed by the association’s President, Dr. Francis Faduyile and Secretary General Dr. Olumuyiwa Odusote, warned of grievous implication of acceding to any demand that violates collective agreement.
The statement added: “The NMA painfully wishes to inform the Federal Government that any award to the non-medically qualified health professionals that violates the January and July agreements of 2014 shall result in the resumption of the suspended withdrawal of service. Please take this as a notice sir.”
The latest development, NMA stated, was as a result of the latest extension of the strike action of JOHESU to states and local councils.
The union stressed that it opposed any adjustment in salary scale that would result into parity between the doctors and healthcare professionals.
“NMA wishes to again remind government of the implications of acceding to any demand that violates the collective bargaining agreement of January 2014. Government should take this as a further reminder of the previous notice of April 21, 2018.”
But support activities at the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH), Ikeja, were yesterday grounded as JOHESU members joined the strike embarked upon by their counterparts in federal hospitals.
The national body of JOHESU, on Wednesday, ordered its members in the states and local governments to join the strike.
A visit to one of the busiest hospitals in Lagos revealed total compliance as the support staff of the institution practically stayed away from work.
A visit to the departments such as Haematology, Peadiatrics and the administrative complexes shows that the support workers totally complied with the order.