HealthNewsNigeriaNigerian Resident Doctors Suspends Strike

The five-day warning strike embarked upon by the Nigerian Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) has been suspended.

Recall that the association had, on April 29, given the government a two-week ultimatum for failure for which it would proceed on strike.

Orji Emeka Innocent, President, of the Nigerian Association of Resident Doctors (NARD), who announced the suspension last night said members would resume work by 8 am today (Monday).

The association embarked on the strike last Wednesday following the inability of the federal government to meet its demands.

“Progress made will be reviewed on 2nd June 2023 during the association’s general meeting where the next line of action will be decided,” he said.

Among the association’s demands include an immediate increment in the Consolidated Medical Salary Structure (CONMESS), to the tune of 200% of the current gross salary of doctors, withdrawal, and jettisoning of the ill-conceived bill by Honorable Ganiyu Johnson on the “enslavement of young doctors in Nigeria”.

Others are immediate payment of the 2023 Medical Residency Training Fund (MRTF) in line with the agreements reached at the stakeholders’ meeting convened by the Federal Ministry of Health.

The association also called for immediate massive recruitment of clinical staff in the hospitals, and immediate infrastructural development in the various hospitals without further delay.

Hassan Umar Shallpella (Regional Correspondent)
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