Resident doctors reject government offer, commence nationwide strike

Resident doctors reject government offer, commence nationwide strike

- Resident doctors all over Nigeria, have commenced a nationwide strike from Monday, September 4

- The doctors rejected the government's promissory offer and insisted that all their demands be met

- The strike is expected to adversely affect healthcare all over the country

While the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) strike lingers, another industrial action has hit Nigeria as resident doctors have commenced a nationwide indefinite strike.

According to Vanguard, the doctors resolved to proceed on the strike after a meeting of its national leadership that ended in the early hours of Monday.

The president of the National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD), Onyebueze John, said: “Rising from our NEC meeting, which started by 7pm yesterday and ended 3am today. NARD has resolved to reject the promissory offer from Government, and proceed on total and indefinite strike action until all items in her demand list for strike action are resolved by government.”

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On Saturday, September 2, the minister of labour had said after a meeting with the doctors that the planned strike had been suspended.

However, the doctors later refuted the statement, saying though they met with the government, they were yet to take a decision.

Legit.ng earlier reported that according to a new survey by Nigerian Polling organization (NOIPolls), 8 out of every 10 medical doctors in Nigeria are currently seeking work opportunities abroad, and this includes junior, mid and senior level doctors in both public and private medical institutions.

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This survey was carried out with Nigeria Health Watch and shows that some of the medical personnel include house officers, corps members, medical and senior medical officer, residents, registrars, consultants and medical directors.

Watch this video of a recent protest against the stet of the nation as covered by Legit.ng:

Source: Legit.ng

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