Doctors threaten strike if FG meets demands of health workers

Doctors threaten strike if FG meets demands of health workers

- Medical doctors on the platform of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) are threatening to embark on strike

- The doctors say their threat is because they do not want other health workers to earn same salary with them

-The doctors describe the Joint Health Sector Unions (JOHESU) as an illegal coalition

Doctors in Nigeria have said they would go on a mass strike action which they described as sabbatical if the federal government meets the demands of other workers in the sector. learnt that the doctors, under the umbrella of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA), said the Joint Health Sector Unions (JOHESU) is an illegal organisation and must not be listened to.

Speaking for the doctors, the chairman of the NMA, Mike Ogirima, said in Ilorin, Kwara state, that the doctors would be compelled to take a sabbatical if JOHESU does not contain its radicalism.

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“Government should not allow itself to be intimidated by illegal bodies like JOHESU in the health sector; we expect each professional to stick to the ethics of their profession,” he said as published by Premium Times.

Claiming that doctors are now endangered species in the communities and traditional hospital environment, Ogirima said: “The value for money and hospitals titles have made the members of JOHESU to set up fellowship colleges with the aim of bearing the title of consultants.”

The NMA spoke as threats from JOHESU continues after an initial industrial action on September 20.

The group demanded for salary adjustments, issues with promotion arrears, and improved work environment for its members.

In an earlier open letter to the labour minister, Chris Ngige, the NMA had said it was totally opposed to salary harmonization as doctors are not prepared to receive the same salary as other health workers.

“What JOHESU is asking for is equal pay with medical doctors. No single evidence was provided by JOHESU to justify their demand.

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“The NMA is not opposed to any salary review, adjustment or increase for JOHESU members or any other worker for that matter provided that the same rate applied to CONHESS is applied to CONMESS to sustain the principle of relativity agreement as signed between the federal government and NMA on the 2nd of January, 2014," the letter had said. earlier reported how a strike action by resident doctors paralysed the nation recently.

Several meetings between the doctors and the government failed to yield the desired result.

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