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Oyo doctors begin 3-day warning strike

The Oyo State branch of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA), has directed its members both in the public and private practice, to embark on a three-day strike from Wednesday, January 10 to protest what they describe as unfair treatment of doctors in LAUTECH Teaching Hospital, Ogbomoso.

NMA chairman in the state, Dr. Mojisola Atalabi, disclosed this on Tuesday at a press conference in Ibadan. He said only emergencies would be attended to during the strike.

The South West zonal executive of NMA would also hold a crucial meeting on the issue, Dr. Atalabi added.

He also said that the strike has the backing of the national executives of the NMA.

The association also directed the Medical and Dental Consultants of Nigeria (MDCAN) and Association of Resident Doctors (ARD) in LAUTECH Teaching Hospital, Ogbomoso, to proceed on immediate and indefinite total strike.

Atalabi noted that the Oyo State Government recently sacked 256 members of staff, transferred another 299 to different parts of Oyo State, redeployed 55 resident doctors, and transferred six consultants.

The association tabled eight demands before the state government, among which are:

  • Immediate reversal of redeployment of resident doctors that should be allowed to continue with their training unconditionally
  • Reversal of salary to full payment that should include skipping and relativity
  • Proper funding of residency programme for effective and qualitative training

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