NARD suspends strike for weeks, directs doctors to resume work October 6

*National Association of Resident Doctors discloses most of the issues that led to the nationwide strike still remain unaddressed, but the association decided to suspend the action for the period because of interventions from other stakeholders

Alexander Davis | ConsumerConnect

Following the suspension of the national strike the Resident Doctors embarked upon for the past two months, the National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) has directed its members across Nigeria to resume work fully, effective Wednesday, October 6, 2021.

ConsumerConnect reports Dr. Dare Godiya Ishaya, President of NARD, disclosed this development at a media briefing in Abuja, FCT, after the suspension of the two-month industrial action by the Resident Doctors.

Dr. Ishaya noted that the Association took the decision to suspend the due to a simple majority vote of members at a meeting earlier Sunday, October 3.

However, the NARD President stated that the strike has been suspended for six weeks to allow the Federal Government to address the issues raised by the doctors.

According to him, most of the issues that led to the nationwide strike still remain unaddressed, but NARD decided to suspend the action for the period because of interventions from the President, the National Assembly, and the leadership of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA).

Recall the NARD members’ strike began August 2 to protest against the issues affecting members, a situation said to have left several patients helpless, especially in the government-owned hospitals within the period.

Among other demands, the Resident Doctors had complained about non-payment of death benefits to families of members who died while treating COVID-19 patients, as well as non-payment of hazard allowance and arrears of salaries of members in various states.

Though the government convened several meetings with the association in order to urge the medical doctors to resume work, the government reportedly failed to resolve the impasse with both parties trading accusations in the media, leading to a suit filed at the National Industrial Court in Abuja, FCT.

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