The National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) have called-off their nationwide indefinite strike action.
The National executive council of the group after a virtual meeting announced that the suspension will take it effect on Monday, June 22nd.
In a communique issued on Sunday, June 21st, the group said it took the decision following the resolve of the federal and state government to meet their demands
The doctors began the strike on June 15 to protest varying issues including the immediate implementation of the revised hazard allowance and payment of the COVID-19 inducement allowance as agreed by the government and healthcare workers three months ago as well as payment of minimum arrears to members.
In addition, the doctors also demanded “stoppage and immediate refund of all illegal, unjust and callous cut in salaries of our members by Kaduna State and other state governments and provision of personal protective equipment across hospitals in the country.
In suspending the strike action, the doctors acknowledged provision of personal protective equipment (PPEs) in some hospitals but said there were still needs for sustained supplies.
NARD also announced that the Medical Residency Training funding has been included in the revised 2020 budget through the intervention of Speaker Femi Gbajabiamila and will be implemented as soon as the budget is assented to the President.
See the full statement below:
THE COMMUNIQUE ISSUED AT THE END OF THE VIRTUAL EXTRA-ORDINARY NATIONAL EXECUTIVE COUNCIL MEETING OF THE NIGERIAN ASSOCIATION OF RESIDENT DOCTORS ON THE 20TH OF JUNE 2020
The National Executive Council (NEC) of the Nigerian Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) held an extraordinary virtual National Executive Council meeting virtually on 20th June 2020.
NEC was attended by over three hundred (300) members of the Association across the country.
NEC deliberated extensively on the on-going NARD strike that commenced on the 15th of June 2020 following her Emergency General Meeting to consider the Federal and State Governments’ responses to the minimum requirements
1. The NEC acknowledges the provision of Personal Protective Equipment to some hospitals. However these PPEs are consumables and non-reusable, therefore the need for sustained supply.
2. That the Medical residency training funding has been included in the revised 2020 budget through the intervention of the Hon. Speaker, House of Representative and will be implemented as soon as the budget is assented to by the President. At the same time, we await the fulfillment of the promise made by the Nigeria Governors Forum to ensure same is done in all the states.
3. On the Salary shortfall for 2014-2016, The Secretary to the Government of the federation has promised to intervene.
4. Government has shown commitment to procure group life insurance for health workers.
5. That the disengaged resident doctors at Jos University Teaching Hospital have been reinstated, the Chief Medical Director has been directed to pay their withheld salaries and comply with the provisions of the Medical Residency Training Act (MRTA).
6. On State Tertiary Health Institutions (STHIs), the Chairman Nigeria Governors Forum His Excellency Dr Kayode Fayemi and the DG NGF Mr. Asishana Okauru, appealed to be given time to discuss with other state Governors of KOGI, GOMBE, LAGOS, OYO, OSUN, OGUN, ONDO, LAGOS, KADUNA, NASSARAWA, ENUGU, ANAMBRA, ABIA and IMO for immediate pay parity as with the corrected CONMESS of 2019 and that salary shortfalls due our members will be paid shortly.
7. NARD also met His Excellency Engr Seyi Makinde the Executive Governor of Oyo state who also gave his words to favourably look into all challenges of our members in LAUTECH Teaching Hospital Ogbomoso with a view to abiding by the international standard
8. That the Executive Governors of Delta and Benue States from reports by our members have been supportive although more needs to be done
9. NEC observed that COVID-19 inducement allowance has only been paid to Eleven Federal health institutions and most state governments are yet to review the hazard allowance of health workers.
NEC resolved to SUSPEND the ongoing indefinite strike action with effect from Monday 22nd of June 2020 by 8am prompt. The National Officers shall continue negotiations with stakeholders and progress made shall be reviewed in four weeks during the next National Executive council meeting in July 2020.
This decision to suspend the strike action was taken in order to give the federal and state government time to fulfill the outstanding demands following an appeal by the Speaker of the Federal House of Representative, Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Chairman Nigeria Governors Forum and other stakeholders.
On behalf of the entire membership of the Nigerian Association of Resident Doctors, the President and the National Officers Committee express their heartfelt gratitude to the following distinguished individuals:
1. HisExcellency,CommanderinChiefoftheArmedForcesPresidentMuhammadu Buhari Federal Republic of Nigeria (GCFR).
2. The Honourable Speaker, Federal House of Representative Rt. Hon Femi Gbajabiamila.
3. Secretary to the Government of the Federation Boss Gidahyelda Mustapha
4. TheChairmanofNigeriaGovernors’ForumandExecutiveGovernorofEkitistate His Excellency Dr Kayode Fayemi
5. The Executive Governor of Oyo state His Excellency Engr Seyi Makinde
6. The Honourable Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Emmanuel Ehanire.
8. TheHon.MinistersofLaborandEmploymentDrChrisNgigeandFestusKeyamo SAN for their conciliation.
9. Chairman House Committee on Health Services. Hon Dr Yusuf Tanko Sununu.
10. President of the Nigerian Medical Association, Prof IAO Ujah 11. All past Presidents and secretary Generals of NARD 12. All members of NARD.
Long live the Nigerian Association of Resident Doctors Long live the Nigerian Medical Association Long live the Federal Republic of Nigeria.