Resident doctors at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital, LUTH, Idi-araba will today, Monday 29, commence an indefinite strike following failure of the hospital management to resolve the lingering crisis after they called off their three-day warning strike.
According to the doctors, the painful decision was taken to press home their demands over the non implementation of the skipping allowance which was part of the agreements reached with the Federal Government on December 16, 2013 and January 4, 2014.
Confirming the commencement of the industrial action, President of the association, Dr. Ramon Moronkola, described non implementation of the skipping allowance by the hospital as unilateral breach of agreements as directed by the Federal Government.
Moronkola, who announced that the strike will commence at 8:00a.m today, urged Nigerians to blame the Chief Medical Director of the hospital for the strike.
“We did our best to avoid the strike. For more than two months now we have been on it. At a point, when we were pushed to the wall, we gave seven days ultimatum and there after 21 days ultimatum but the management of the institution failed to utilised the period.
“We embarked on a three-day warning strike yet nothing was done. It is really a painful decision but we have to do it. Management has failed by not using the opportunity of the period of ultimatum. We are hoping that they will come back to the negotiating table to stop the strike from dragging for too long,” he said.
He urged Nigerians to demand the reasons why doctors at LUTH are on strike, adding that “People should ask questions on what is causing the strike. The CMD should be taken to task. If it is his hospital he will not like the strike to go on without resolving the problems. It is unfortunate where we …Read More
Source:: New Mail