- The Joint Health Sector Union (JOHESU) says its talks with the federal government is being frustrated by the medical doctors
- JOHESU also accuses the health ministry of dancing to the threat of the medical doctors
- The union says its demands are legitimate
The Joint Health Sector Union (JOHESU) is accusing the Nigerian Medical Association, the umbrella body of doctors in the country, of trying to frustrate its talks with the federal government over a lingering industrial action it embarked upon weeks ago.
The national chairman of JOHESU, Biobebelemoye Josiah, made the accusation while speaking on strike action and plans to end it.
Vanguard reports that Josiah spoke in Abuja also accusing the health ministry of collaborating with the doctors in suppressing JOHESU’s legitimate demands from the government.
Josiah accused the health minister of not being serious about ending the strike saying the minister of health had indirectly succumbed to the threat from doctors.
“This very agreement was entered into and then a memo was made to Mr President as they claimed even though they gave us a copy later.
“When they made this memo it was in December and the ministry of health defended her budget in February, but did not deem it to include that the amount it worked for the payment or settlement of this very issue.
“This goes a long way to show that there was dishonesty, insincerity from the beginning on the part of the ministry (federal ministry of health) because most probably the minister is a doctor; minister of state (health) is a doctor and minister of labour who is supposed to be the chief negotiator, is also a medical doctor,” he said.
Professor Isaac Adewole, the health minister, had recently confirmed that negotiations were on with JOHESU to end the strike.
He was quoted as saying: “Negotiations are still on with JOHESU and the Minister of Labour is leading the negotiation, and we expect that we will conclude on all issues very soon.”
Just at the same period, the NMA had released a statement threatening to withdraw their services across health institutions in the country if the federal government acceded to the demands of JOHESU and other health workers.
“The NMA wishes to draw the attention of the federal government to our correspondence of April 21, 2014, on the above, in which we reminded government of the collective bargaining agreement we had with the federal government of Nigeria in January 2014.
“It is also pertinent to once again remind government about the concluding part of our letter no. NMA/PRE/SG/03/0751 of 21st March 2014, which states, `In view of the above, the NMA painfully wishes to inform the federal government of Nigeria that any award to the non-medically qualified health professionals that violates the January and July agreements of 2014 shall result in the resumption of the suspended withdrawal of service of 2014. Please take this as a notice, sir’.
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“The above reminder is predicated on the extension of the ongoing strike action embarked upon by the amorphous body called `JOHESU’, to states and local government councils, the basis of which is to strengthen its callous and ill motivated agitation for pay parity between her members and doctors with the resultant erosion of relativity and further hierarchical distortion in the health sector vis-à-vis her clandestine romance with some top government officials,” the statement read.
Legit.ng earlier reported that President Muhammadu Buhari recently said that the federal government will evolve measures to curb incessant strikes and address grievances by staff of universities in the country.
Buhari, represented by a director with National Universities Commission, (NUC) Gidado Kuma, spoke on Saturday at the 23rd, 24th and 25th combined convocation ceremonies of Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University (ATBU), Bauchi.
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