BREAKING: Resident Doctors Declare Five-Day Warning Strike Wednesday

The Nigerian Association of Resident Doctors, NARD, has declared a five-day warning strike after the Federal Government failed to meet its demands.

The resident doctors said the strike will star at 8 am on Wednesday, May 17, and will end on Monday, May 22, at 8 am.

This was disclosed after a six and half hours meeting of its National Executive Council held virtually on Monday.

Recall that NARD had on April 29, 2023, issued a two-week ultimatum to the Federal Government to meet its demands or face disharmony.

The two-week ultimatum ended on Saturday, May 13, 2023.

The resident doctors are asking for an immediate increment in the Consolidated Medical Salary Structure to the tune of 200 per cent of the current gross salaries of doctors.

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The doctors also want the immediate withdrawal of the bill seeking to compel medical and dental graduates to render five-year compulsory services in Nigeria before being granted full licences to practise.

They also want the immediate implementation of CONMESS, domestication of the Medical Residency Training Act, and review of hazard allowance by all the state governments as well as private tertiary health institutions where any form of residency training is done; among others.

Dr Emeka Orji, the President of NARD,  told The PUNCH that the strike was total, involving both emergency and clinical operations in the hospitals.

According to Dr. Orji, despite the ultimatum issued to the government which ended on May 13, the government did not negotiate with the doctors regarding their demands.

Obiajulu Joel Nwolu

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