The chief medical director of federal medical center Ido Ekiti, Ekiti state, Dr Ayodele Majekodunmi has called on the Federal government to endorse a bill which will render strike actions by medical workers a criminal act.
“The templates for the implementation of CONMESS and payment for skipping CONHESS 2 have not been released by Federal Government, let alone releasing money for their payments.
“The Federal Government must start a process of restructuring the health sector. It seems as if the medical officers, including doctors, nurses and others are addicted to strike and this is killing the system.
“In 2014, doctors went on strike for over four months while JOHESU was on strike for about six months. Out of about 360 work days, hardly did they come to work for their legitimate duties for 120 days.
“We cannot afford to abandon our responsibilities because we offer essential services.
“How do you realise money to pay for residency training when workers are not working to make money? You can’t be embarking on strike at the slightest opportunity and be expecting sponsorship for training from the hospital because they are not being paid for by Federal Government.
“Let me also add that this rumour going rounds that the funding for CONHESS 2 and CONMESS had been factored into the 2015 Budget is not true. It is saddening that we are losing lives here on a daily basis and we plead with our colleagues to resume work. They must show understanding and patriotism,” he said.
Meanwhile, in some centers such as University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital, the Association of Resident Doctors, who are also on strike have claimed that the restructuring was in fact captured in the 2015 budget but that there is conspiracy by the League of CMDs not to implement it in their centers.