ICYMI : Resident Doctors Suspend Strike After Meeting With FG

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    The Nigerian Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) has suspended its strike which began on April 1.

    TheCable said it got the confirmation from the president of the association, Uyilawa Okhuaihesuyi, on Saturday.

    The decision to suspend the strike comes following the signing of a new deal with the federal government, regarding issues raised in the association’s 13-point demand.

    On course of the meeting which lasted hours and extended into the late hours of Friday, the federal government had promised to attend to  the issues brought up by the doctors, inclusive of  salary arrears and owed allowances.

    Chris Ngige, minister of labour and employment, had on Saturday in Abuja stated that a Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) was signed after a conciliatory meeting between representatives of the federal government and NARD’s.

    Speaking with the press after the meeting, the labour minister said the federal government has installed a committee to attend to the issue of irregular payment, adding that the panel will revert within the next 72 hours.

    “A five-man committee has been set up, comprising of the government agencies concerned — federal ministry of health chairing — representatives of the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria, accountant-general’s office, NMA, Nigerian Association of Resident Doctors, and the chairman of the committee of CMDs,” the minister said.

    “They’re to work and smoothen rough edges as those affected in the irregularities we mentioned, which is the issue of double payments in some cases. So, they have to manage the situation and regularise. There are issues of some still omitted.

    “We gave them 72 hours to meet from tomorrow and give us a clean, authenticated list, so that even in the subsequent months, we won’t have all these hiccups anymore.”

    The doctors’ strike has crippled activities all round public hospitals in the country, prompting relatives to move patients from affected facilities.

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