President Buhari Gives Conditions for Paying Doctors’ Benefits, Faults Strike
- Buhari has said doctors’ outstanding benefits would not be paid until a verification exercise is carried out
- He also said that hazard allowance would be reviewed after the “deep division within the ranks of the striking doctors is resolved
- Going further, the president faulted the doctor’s industrial action, insisting that lives of citizens could be damaged
President Muhammadu Buhari has sent an important message to striking doctors. This message is this - Outstanding benefits would not be paid until a verification exercise is carried out.
According to Femi Adesina on his Facebook page, the president revealed hazard allowance would be reviewed after the “deep division within the ranks of the striking doctors” is resolved.
Buhari made this this known during a meeting with officials of the Nigeria Medical Association at the State House.
The president faulted the doctor’s industrial action:
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“Embarking on industrial action at this time when Nigerians need you most is not the best action to take, no matter the grievances.
“This Administration has a good track record of paying all debts owed to government workers, pensioners and contractors and we have even revisited debts left by past administrations, once due verification is done. Debts genuinely owed Health workers will be settled.
Striking doctors to face no work, no pay policy henceforth - FG
Chief medical directors and managing directors of federal tertiary hospitals have been called upon by the ministry of labour and employment to invoke the no work, no pay policy on members of the National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) who are still on strike.
The letter which was dated Thursday, August, 26, and signed by the director of hospital services, federal Ministry of health, Adebimpe Adebiyi. Adebiyi noted that the decision is in line with Section 43(1) (A) of the Trade Dispute Act, Cap T8, Law of the Federation of Nigeria (LGN) 2004.
The directive stated that doctors who engage in the action will be denied their benefits and salaries for as long as the strike continues.
Saudi Arabia holds recruitment exercise for Nigerian doctors in Lagos, Abuja
Meanwhile, many medical doctors in Nigeria had applied for job positions with the Saudi Arabia ministry of health at a recruitment exercise organised by the ministry in Ikeja, the Lagos state capital, on Sunday, August 22.
The job offer was for consultants and specialists in all medical fields, excluding psychiatrists.
Among those present for the interview were medical consultants and doctors in various areas of specialisation.
Each applicant paid N10,000 as the application fee after which medical certificates, means of identification, and other documents were tendered.