- Doctors in Nigeria have reacted to the revised hazard allowances applicable to health workers in healthcare facilities
- The medical personnel under Nigerian Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) kicked against the increment, saying it is unacceptable
- According to the association the new allowance does not reflect the true collective bargaining agreement (CBA) entered with the Nigerian government
The newly revised hazard allowances applicable to health workers in state and federal healthcare facilities in the country has been rejected, Premium Times reports.
The Nigerian Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) has decried the approved percentages of the increment, saying it contradicts the content of the template jointly drawn by the union and government.
In another report by The Guardian, the association made its opinion known in a statement signed by its President, Dr. Dare Godiya Ishaya,
NARD in the statement released on Friday, December 24, expressed its dissatisfaction with the government’s resolutions.
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The statement reads in part:
“Whilst we acknowledge the FG’s frantic efforts in improving the welfare of Health Workers in Nigeria in this regard, we wish to state that, this resolution is a far cry from the Final Position of NMA/NARD in the last meeting with the FG. Hence, the NARD are disenchanted and dissatisfied with this resolution and therefore reject it in its entirety."
In order to avoid another lengthy negotiation process, the doctors called on the government to implement what they described as the agreed hazard allowance rates.
Buhari government increases hazard allowance from N5,000 to N40,000 for doctors, N34,000 for others
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The Nigerian government increased the allowance for doctors from N5,000 to between N32,000 and N40,000.
Other health workers like nurses, laboratory workers among others had their allowances reviewed to between N15,000 and N34,000.
President Buhari gives conditions for paying doctors’ benefits, faults strike
Meanwhile, President Muhammadu Buhari had sent an important message to striking doctors. This message was that the 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.