Resident doctors threaten strike over unresolved issues  

The Nigerian Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) says it would embark on a strike action if the government fails to resolve lingering issues affecting its members.

In its letter to the health minister Dr Osagie Ehanire, the association said, “We can confirm very clearly feelers that if these issues are not sorted out before that meeting, our members will likely give us a mandate to immediately kick-start processes that will lead to a nationwide industrial disharmony in the health sector.”

The issues, as stated by the NARD, are demand for the upward review of the Medical Residency Training Fund (MRTF),  payment of outstanding hazard allowance, and the non-payment of the adjusted minimum wage to some of its members.

The doctors are also demanding an increase in the Consolidated Medical Salary Structure (CONMESS), and non-domestication of the Medical Residency Training Act (MRTA) etc.

The association urges the minister to take prompt action on their demands yet to be met.

The NARD said, “We know how critical this period is and the chaos that will ensue if the government does not take steps to prevent this from happening”. They urged the minister to use his ‘fatherly disposition’ in resolving the issues.

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