More trouble appears to be in the offing for the already decayed health system as doctors in federal hospitals begin an indefinite strike in solidarity with their colleagues recently sacked by the Lagos State Government.
Lagos State recently sacked 788 doctors following a breakdown in negotiations for improved pay for the medical doctors. The government has subsequently gone ahead to begin the process of employing new doctors to fill the vacuum.
At a briefing, in Lagos, President of Association of Resident Doctors, ARD, Branch of Lagos University Teaching Hospital, LUTH- ARD, an affiliate of NMA, Dr. Adetunji Adenekan, said all emergency units will be locked, clinic will not hold and no new patients will be admitted, explaining that only patients on admission will be attended to.
The federal hospital doctors, who announced their decision Thursday, urged the National Assembly to urgently wade into the crisis between the Lagos State Government and the sacked doctors for speedy resolution of same to prevent further loss of lives.
Expected to be hit by the strike are the Lagos University Teaching Hospital, LUTH; National Orthopaedic Hospital, Igbobi; Federal Medical Centre, Ebute-Meta; Federal Psychiatric Hospital, Yaba, among others.
The striking doctors under the umbrella body of Nigeria Medical Association, NMA, Lagos State Branch, said the indefinite strike was necessitated by the failure of the state government to recall the sacked doctors under its employment.