Jonathan Sacks 16000 Resident medical Doctors

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According to a statement by the Deputy Director of Press, Federal Ministry of Health, Isiaka Yusuf, the directive was without prejudice to any emergency measure that may be necessary for the hospital management to immediately restore full medical services.

Mr. Yusuf said that the sack came after successive attempts by the Federal Government to reach a consensus with striking doctors under the Nigeria Medical Association, NMA.

He noted that despite successive intervention meetings, the NMA had gone ahead with its protracted strike action. He said the strike had brought pain to Nigerians in dire need of medical attention.

The doctors affected are to receive one month salary and allowances. They are also expected to return all hospital property in their possession with immediate effect.

“It should be stressed that the Federal Government has implemented more than 90 per cent of its responsibilities as signed by both parties. At the conclusion of each meeting, the NMA promised to call off the strike but would return another day to say that they could not.

“For the whole of July 2014, these doctors did not work yet government, owing to the emergency situation in our country, paid them the July salaries with allowances such as call duty allowance, teaching allowance, hazard allowance, etc, believing that this magnanimity of government would appeal to reason for NMA to call off the strike,” Mr. Yusuf said.

Describing the association’s strike as insensitive, Mr. Yusuf said it was pertinent to note that the issues under discussion were the current security challenges in Nigeria with the attendant mass casualties compounded by the Ebola disease outbreak.

Mr. Yusuf also said that the Federal Government wished to reassure Nigerians of sustainable optimal medical health care delivery in all hospitals.

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President Jonathan has directed that 16000 resident Doctors be served sacked with immediate effect, He alleged that they were insensitive to the plight of Nigerians  in dire need of their services.

According to a statement by the Deputy Director of Press, Federal Ministry of Health, Isiaka Yusuf, the directive was without prejudice to any emergency measure that may be necessary for the hospital management to immediately restore full medical services.

Mr. Yusuf said that the sack came after successive attempts by the Federal Government to reach a consensus with striking doctors under the Nigeria Medical Association, NMA.

He noted that despite successive intervention meetings, the NMA had gone ahead with its protracted strike action. He said the strike had brought pain to Nigerians in dire need of medical attention.

The doctors affected are to receive one month salary and allowances. They are also expected to return all hospital property in their possession with immediate effect.

“It should be stressed that the Federal Government has implemented more than 90 per cent of its responsibilities as signed by both parties. At the conclusion of each meeting, the NMA promised to call off the strike but would return another day to say that they could not.

“For the whole of July 2014, these doctors did not work yet government, owing to the emergency situation in our country, paid them the July salaries with allowances such as call duty allowance, teaching allowance, hazard allowance, etc, believing that this magnanimity of government would appeal to reason for NMA to call off the strike,” Mr. Yusuf said.

Describing the association’s strike as insensitive, Mr. Yusuf said it was pertinent to note that the issues under discussion were the current security challenges in Nigeria with the attendant mass casualties compounded by the Ebola disease outbreak.

Mr. Yusuf also said that the Federal Government wished to reassure Nigerians of sustainable optimal medical health care delivery in all hospitals.

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