The Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH) chapter of the Association of Resident Doctors, Lagos State has commenced a three day warning strike over the refusal of management to reverse the skipping policy of doctors working at the hospital.
The chairman of the association, Dr. Moronkola Ramon, while declaring the strike during a protest by the members of the association on the hospital premises on Monday, June 15, 2015, warned that if their demands were not met, the doctors would commence a full scale strike action.
According to Ramon, the hospital management had stopped the policy of skipping which enabled doctors to be given double promotion and that the management still granted the same privilege to all the other health practitioners in the hospital.
He said, “We gave the management a seven-day ultimatum to implement skipping for doctors as it used to.
“We also served the 21-day notice needed for us to proceed on an indefinite action if they failed to implement the policy. If they do not after this strike, we will consider an indefinite strike. However, we will be providing emergency services to avert unnecessary loss of lives.”
He also asserted that LUTH were yet to comply with the Federal Government agreement reached with its national body, the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA). He revealed that the strike action was in compliance with a directive from the NMA.