Lagos resident doctors in public hospitals have suspended the three-day warning strike they began on the 2nd June 2014.
According to Dr. Olusegun Akinwotu, who is President of the Federal Neuro-Psychiatric Hospital, the Yaba arm of the National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD), the doctors suspended the strike “out of pity for their patients.”
A few days before the strike began, the National President of NARD, Dr. Jibril Abdullahi, lamented that their grievances over residency training, and the re-integration of doctors into the Integrated Personnel and Payroll Information System (IPPIS), had not been addressed.
He also said doctors at the Federal Medical Centre, in Owerri, had not been paid their salary arrears for three months while the Consolidated Medical Salary Structure (CONMESS) had also not been implemented.
With the u-turn, doctors at the Federal Neuro-Psychiatric Hospital, in Yaba; National Orthopaedic Hospital, in Igbobi; Federal Medical Centre (FMC), in Ebute Meta; and Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH), in Ikeja, were at their duty posts today attending to patients.
However, LUTH doctors continued with their own industrial action, saying their disagreements with the state transcended the reasons why the national body called its strike.
“There are pending issues we want the state government to sort out, particularly our displeasure with the handling of residency training,” one of them said to a SaharaReporters correspondent.