Following the federal government’s directive that striking resident doctors should call-off their strike, the National Association of Residents Doctors (NARD) has vowed that there is no going back on the nationwide strike until their demands are met.
The president, National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD), Oyo State chapter, Dr. Adedayo Williams, said that although the federal government had already called them for a meeting which has been slated for Wednesday (today) they are not going to call off the strike on a promissory note.
According to him, “Our aim is not to endanger the lives of our patients, but we don’t want government to play games with us because a frustrated doctor will not be able to concentrate and likely to be unstable,” adding that such a doctor is even more dangerous than leaving patient uncared for. “The principles of medicine is you either leave the patients how they are or you do no harm. Some of our demands were meet after our last agitation but there is need for the government to dialogue with us and sort things out,’’ he added.
While speaking on the level of compliance by the doctors, Adedayo said there was total compliance by members, but some patients who were admitted before the strike and in critical conditions were still being attended to.
Some of the demands of the doctors included provision of genuine group life insurance and death in service benefit for all workers, immediate payment of the Medical Residency Training funding to all her members as approved in the reversed 2020 budget, immediate payment of the outstanding April/May and June COVID-19 inducement allowance to all health workers, determination of the revised hazard allowance for all health workers as agreed in previous meetings with relevant stakeholders.