Salary: Resident doctors begin 5-day warning strike in UITH
Following the allege slash in salaries, the Association of Resident Doctors, University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital Chapter, on Wednesday commenced a five-day warning.
The ARD president, Mr. Kolawole also accused the hospital management of employing additional
workers without due authorisation from the appropriate quarters.
Addressing journalists after a peaceful rally at the hospital, the ARD President, Ige Kolawole, said that they were forced to embark on the strike following the continued deduction of their salaries since January 2014.
Report by the News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, stipulated that the ARD members were armed with placards of various inscriptions as they marched round the hospital complex.
Some of the placards read:
“Stop Selected Victimisation of Resident Doctors and House Officers”.
“Underpayment of UITH Resident Doctors Is Deliberate by CMD; Mr CMD Disobedience to Government Directives is Illegal.’’
The president of the union noted that deduction was peculiar to UITH, as their members in other teaching hospitals across the country were receiving 100 per cent of their salaries.
Also, Kolawole stated that the hospital’s management has not given cogent reasons as to why the illegal deduction should continue.
He pellucidly noted that the only reasons given by the UITH Chief Medical Director, Abdulwaheed Olatinwo, was that additional 150 House Officers had been employed by the hospital.
In his words, “This is a demonstration of wickedness as our salaries have continued to be deducted because of additional employment of House Officers”.
He also accused the hospital management of employing additional workers without due authorization from the appropriate quarters.
According to Kolawole, Enough is enough in UITH, the management should stop slashing our salaries and also stop collecting pension which is being put in a special account.
Succinctly, the president also said that the association would not hesitate to invite the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, and Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences, ICPC, to look into the matter.
The union leader urged the Federal Government to intervene and stop the UITH management from further slashing their salaries and victimisation of the doctors.
When contacted, the UITH Public Relations Officer, Funmilayo Omojasola, who neither corroborated nor denied the allegations, said that the management would convene a meeting to discuss issues raised by the doctors.