The Minister of Health, Isaac Adewole has directed the Chief Medical Directors (CMDs) and Medical Director (MDs) of affected institutions to fill the vacancies created by doctors who have “abandoned” their training programme. This is as a result of the sack on Tuesday by the Federal Government for all striking resident doctors in all federal government owned tertiary health institutions.
Resident doctors in government hospitals embarked on a nationwide strike on Monday.
“The National Association of Resident Doctors on Monday issued a 21-day ultimatum to the Federal Government, saying it would embark on a strike action if its demands were not met.
The union stated that its members in tertiary institutions under the supervision of the Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, were being paid just a fraction of their entitlements while others have been denied salaries for several months.It said there was no justification for the civil service rule of “no work, no pay.”
According to the spokesperson of the ministry, Boade Akinola the directive was contained in a circular signed by Amina Shamaki, permanent secretary, federal ministry of health, stating that:
“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come to the notice of the Management of the Ministry that some Resident Doctors in your establishment have voluntarily withdrawn from the Residency Training Program by refusing to report for training without authorization. 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 “In view of this development, you are hereby directed to replace all the Doctors that have withdrawn their services, with others from the pool of applicants for the training programs in the various disciplines in order not to create ominous gap in training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 Program 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”.