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  • NARD Vs FG: Industrial Action Could Be Called Off Today

    NARD Vs FG: Industrial Action Could Be Called Off Today

    There could be a light at the end of the tunnel that the industrial action embarked by the National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD), will be called off after a meeting scheduled between the striking doctors and the Federal Government today.

    Representatives of both parties are scheduled to meet at the conference room of the Ministry of Labour and Employment at about 12.m, a meeting already occurring.

    The doctors’ strike enters its third day today, although the Anambra and Ekiti state chapters of NARD reported having backed out of the nationwide strike, ChannelsTv.com gathered.

    The resident doctors went on strike on Monday, September 4, 2017 after reaching a resolution.

    Among the demands, they listed for the Federal Government to meet was inclusion into the integrated payroll and personnel information platform and other issues of welfare, the news site reported.

    The Ministry of Labour through its Special Technical Adviser to Minister of Labour and Employment, Clara Dike expressed worry about the damaging effect of the strike by the doctors, noting that the medical profession is an essential profession affecting lives of people.

    She stated that, “Their profession is an essential service profession. They cannot take this kind of action based upon what they think, feel or perceive the government may do or may not do. We signed terms of settlement. Their profession is among the essential services listed in our heart.”

    The resident doctors had earlier issued a 21-day ultimatum to notify the Federal Government before they finally resolved to proceed on the industrial action but the Special Adviser to the Minister of Labour, Chris Ngige emphasised that the action by the doctors came as a huge surprise to the Federal Government, the news site added.

    She said the doctors broke the agreement reached after series of meeting held with them, chaired by the Minister of Labour.

    As made available by ChannelsTv.com, she added: “The first meeting was held on the 14th of August and they agreed on 10 points and how to go about resolving their issues. When we now received another letter on the 27th of August, we called them again on the 31st of August and held this extensive meeting with the Minister as the conciliator.

    “It was quite a long meeting and we dealt with all the 6-point issues they brought and reached conclusion on them.

    “We admitted almost everything they asked for, considering the fact that they are in essential services. Any strike by medical doctors is morally unacceptable and ethically not allowable based on their Hippocratic oath and other biomedical principles.”
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