Members of the National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD), Nigeria Medical Association (NMA), Oyo State chapter and the Association of Resident Doctors (ARD), Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH), Teaching Hospital chapter have rejected the redeployment of 55 resident doctors from the teaching hospital, Ogbomoso to the Oyo state Ministry of Health .
The unions in a statement on the redeployment asked the LAUTECH management to reverse the decision within 21 days or face the wrath of the members.
According to them, the action is an “aberration and deliberate plan to rob the good people of Oyo State of specialised healthcare.”
The Oyo NMA and Lautech Ogbomosho ARD described the move as “Bastardisation of Residency Training” and “A taboo that must never be allowed.”
The unions in the press releases signed by Dr. Ugochukwu Chinaka and Dr. O. V Nandi, NARD President and Secretary General); Dr. Omolola Atalabi-Oladele and Dr. Abimbola Sojimi (Oyo NMA Chairman and General Secretary) and Dr. Sebastine Oiwoh and Dr. A. Alabi (LAUTECH Ogbomosho, ARD President and General Secretary), noted that “the transfer “under whatever guise is seen as an attempt to completely eliminate residency training in Lautech Ogbomosho.”
They emphasized that the redeployment,” Looks like taking ten steps backward in an enlightened society as ours, ”calling on the management to reverse the moves and all other provocative decisions reached within 21 days.
“The contract with the management and board of the LAUTECH Teaching Hospital and thus the current move attempt to redeploy any resident doctors or medical consultant to a non-teaching hospital is a gross anomaly and a breach of contract which we are of the opinion, that it was being don’t as an unintended error”, they said.
The NMA on its part added that it would not, “wish the management compound the already precarious situation but rather think outside the box to find solution to the already deplorable situation the institution has been engrossed in the last 12 months.”
The ARD said ” Oyo State is supposed to be the pace setter state in novel, progressive and inspiring landmarks, but the pace setting actions has in recent times gone awry and in fact gone in the negative direction.”
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