Nigeria: Government Sacks Striking Resident Doctors

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Nigeria: Government Sacks Striking Resident Doctors

Chief Medical Directors of Federal University Teaching Hospitals have been directed by the Nigerian Minister of Health Prof. Isaac Adewole to sack striking resident doctors in their respective institutions. In the instruction contained in a circular, the minister directed the CMDs to replace those resident doctors who had abandoned their training program with others on their waiting list.

The circular read as follows: “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come to the notice of the management of the ministry that some resident doctors in your establishment have voluntarily withdrawn from the residency training program by refusing to report for training without authorisation.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.

“In view of this development, you are hereby directed to replace all the doctors that have withdrawn their services, with others from the pool of applicants for the training programs in the various disciplines in order not to create ominous gap in training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.”

According to latest reports, the National Association of Resident Doctors, NARD has appealed to its members to suspend their strike pending the outcome of their meeting with government representatives on July 14th 2016.

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