Doctors’ Strike: NMA issues 21-day ultimatum to government to resolve issues with NARD, MDCAN

*The Nigerian Medical Association says in the event the Federal Government fails to implement agreements with the concerned medical unions after the expiration of 21-day notice, it shall summon an emergency delegates’ meeting to review progress on their implementation

Isola Moses | ConsumerConnect

As part of its continued intervention towards ending the ongoing strike among other issues of concerns with the authorities, the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) has issued a 21-day ultimatum to the Federal Government to resolve all outstanding industrial disputes with the National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD), Medical and Dental Consultants Association of Nigeria, and other affiliate members in the country.

ConsumerConnect reports the ultimatum formed part of the resolutions the NMA reached during its National Executive Council (NEC) meeting, in Benin City, Edo State capital.

Sen. (Dr.) Chris Ngige, Honourable Minister for Labour and Employment

Prof. Innocent Ujah, President of the medical association and Dr. Philips Uche Ekpe, Secretary, in a joint statement after the meeting said: “After due consideration, NEC put the Federal Government on a 21 days’ notice to fully resolve all the issues contained in the various agreements signed with Affiliate members of the Nigerian Medical Association (including MDCAN, MEDSABAMS, and NARD).”

The Association stated if the Federal Government fails to implement the agreements after the expiration of the 21- day notice, the NMA will summon an emergency delegate meeting.

“In the event that the FG fails to implement the agreements after the expiration of the 21 days’ notice, NMA shall summon an emergency delegate meeting to review the progress made on the implementation of the agreements,” NMA said.

The statement added: “The Nigerian Medical Association fully supports all her affiliates in their efforts to improve the healthcare delivery in Nigeria and the welfare of her members.

“NEC affirms that no doctor shall be victimised for participating/not participating in the strike action by NARD.”

NMA’s ultimatum is the latest in the lingering tussle between the Nigerian Government and NARD, whose members have gone on strike since July 31, 2021.

In spite of a series of meetings between the Federal Government and the striking doctors, no resolution has been reached till date.

Sen. (Dr.) Chris Ngige, Honourable Minister for Labour and Employment, in the wake of the disagreements in the last weeks, had threatened to invoke the “no-work, no pay” rule on NARD.

However, NMA is said to have supported the striking resident doctors and other health workers in Nigeria.

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