HealthLabourResident Doctors to Appeal Court Ruling, Rejects Order to Suspend Strike

The National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) has rejected the ruling of the national industrial court, directing the association to suspend its strike.

NARD said its seeking to appeal the ruling and file a stay of application.

This decision was in a communique released on Friday and jointly signed by Uyilawa Okhuaihesuyi, its president, and Jerry Isogun, its general secretary.

The FG had instituted a suit against the association after an unsuccessful attempt by the house of representatives to mediate between the federal government and NARD.

Ruling on the application, Bashar Alkali, the Judge ordered the suspension of the strike, saying the applicants proved that unless this application is granted, many lives will be lost.

NARD accused the court of denying the doctors fair hearing by refusing to hear their objection, before taking the government’s application for interlocutory injunction.

“As we are all aware, especially those that were present in court today (Friday), the NIC has given a ruling on the application for interlocutory injunction filed by the Federal Government.

“We are not satisfied with the ruling. After consultations with our lawyers, we have instructed our lawyers to appeal the ruling and file an application for stay of execution.

“Also, our lawyers drew the attention of the court to our application for stay of execution of the ex parte order and that the court should take that application first. The court insisted that the government application would be taken first.

“On 15/9/21, the court ordered all parties to resume negotiations. The government refused to resume negotiations in line with the order of 23/8/21. Our lawyers reported this development to the court. We have demonstrated good faith and would continue to do so,” the communique read.

Beloved John (Staff Writer)

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