AnyChange? Lagos State Doctors Threatens Full Fledge Strike Over Unpaid Salaries

5 years ago by: MrJohn
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There is looming crisis in the Lagos State health sector as doctors in the state-owned hospitals have issued a 21-day ultimatum to the state government over non-payment of their alleged four months outstanding salaries.

The doctors who threatened to withdraw their services from the hospitals, plan to embark on full fledged strike action if the state government fails to attend to their demand.

The letter which convened the notice of the ultimatum to Governor Babatunde Fashola, was dated December 30, 2014.

The doctors had in the letter requested for immediate payment of April and May 2012 salaries, as well as August and September 2014 salaries that the state government allegedly refused to pay.

But the government insisted that it is not owing the doctors, saying the arrears in question were for the period the doctors had embarked on industrial action called by the Nigeria Medical Association (NMA).

The doctors however maintained that the decision to serve the withdrawal notice was taken at the emergency general meeting of December 29, 2014 after several anti-labour allegations were observed in the Lagos health system.

Besides their alleged withheld salaries, the doctors also said that the state government had allegedly continued to employ doctors on casual basis for more than two years and failed to employ resident doctors at the Lagos State University Teaching Hospitals (LASUTH), Ikeja.

They claimed the situation threatens to “annihilate medical education and specialist training in the tertiary institution soonest.”

The Chairman of the NMA, Lagos State Chapter, Dr. Tope Ojo, said that the association was aware of a series of alleged victimisation of doctors by the Health Service Commission of Lagos State and this called for the union’s intervention.

This, Ojo said this informed the unanimous resolve that the Medical Guild would proceed on withdrawal of services after the expiration of the 21-day notice if all issues remain unresolved.

“If all issues remain unresolved after one week of expiration of the Medical Guild ultimatum to the Lagos State government for the withdrawal of service, the NMA Lagos will be compelled to commence withdrawal of service in all institutions in the state,” he stated, adding that “the ‘no-work, no-pay’ rule that was invoked by the state government is untenable, because all the states of the federation and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) had complied with the general agreement that salaries should be paid to doctors who participated in the NMA strike for peace and further negotiations.”

He alleged that Lagos State doctors were singled out for the ‘no-work, no-pay’ policy of the government as members of the other professional associations, including academic staff unions of Lagos State tertiary institutions, were paid their salaries despite embarking on six months nationwide strike last year.

Federal health workers, including those in Lagos State, under the aegis of the Joint Health Sector Union (JOHESU) are currently on a three-month old strike which have paralysed federal hospitals and health centres across the country. The strike was called to protest the Federal Government’s alleged non-implementation of agreements reached with the union on reforms in the health sector.

-- princess2639 (f) at 6-01-2015 06:25PM
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Na war ooo! Lagos state doctors and their annual strike.
-- morgrawl231 (m) at 6-01-2015 06:27PM
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-- dareper (m) at 6-01-2015 06:53PM
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Abeg oo, make una no do am
-- proly (f) at 6-01-2015 06:56PM
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-- femjay (m) at 6-01-2015 07:20PM
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Again !!! Nt again pls abeg .........
-- dickman2 (m) at 6-01-2015 07:55PM
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ok we hear..make una go ahead..
-- deboalabi262 (m) at 6-01-2015 08:13PM
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 Huh? Huh? Huh?

-- gbemishile1 (m) at 6-01-2015 08:33PM
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there are still some jobless medical graduates in nigeria, abeg make una dey go sef. lagos state needs space joor.yeye people all pay and no work
-- beneno (m) at 6-01-2015 10:11PM
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-- Larry28 (f) at 6-01-2015 10:29PM
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-- paulohking (m) at 6-01-2015 11:12PM
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not good pls not good
-- EmekaBlue (m) at 7-01-2015 02:49AM
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 Roll Eyes
-- paulsmit (m) at 7-01-2015 07:09AM
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This is a sign of lawless country and poor government. Nigeria needs change and needs complete clean up.  I have never seen a country that physician go on strike or failing to treat people except in Nigeria. 
-- Starship (m) at 7-01-2015 09:21AM
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Annual ritual.
-- Nicksam (m) at 7-01-2015 10:23AM
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-- echeeche (m) at 7-01-2015 11:13AM
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But this money is there, what is all this things in our country
-- Abubu86 (m) at 7-01-2015 08:46PM
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Fashola should pay them
-- Abubu86 (m) at 7-01-2015 10:12PM
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Fashola should pay them
-- Sparky12 (m) at 17-04-2016 09:59AM
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