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National Association of Resident Doctors calls off Strike

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The National Association of Resident Doctors, NARD, has suspended its 10 days old strike.

The strike suspension was announced after the association had a meeting in the early hours of Thursday.

The NARD’s strike which commenced on September 4 led to the shutdown of activities in general hospitals all across the 36 states and Federal Capital Territory in Nigeria.

In a recent meeting with the Federal Government, the doctors failed to come to an agreement.

The Federal Government on its part stated that their demands had been met including doctors salary arrears.

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Speaking to Journalist on the latest development to call off the strike, the Chairman of NARD, University College Hospital, Ibadan chapter, Segun Olaopa, said: “The decision was reached following appeals from the public that the doctors should give the Federal Government more time to meet their demands.”

However, Dr Olaopa said that the body would review the agreements they had with the government in two weeks time to determine how far the government had gone to honour their agreements.

If you will recall in our recent publication, part of NARD’s demand from the federal government was the resolution of persistent shortfalls and unpaid arrears of salaries earned in both federal and state tertiary health institutions.

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Other issues are the enrollment of resident doctors into the Integrated Personnel Payroll Information System (IPPIS) since 2003, and non-implementation of adjusted House Officers’ Entry grade level equivalent since 2014.

The resident doctors are also asking for the resolution of issues around their stagnation of promotion and non-promotion of members who have met requisite criteria despite all collective bargaining agreements and circulars.

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