The National Association of Resident Doctors, NARDs, has demanded the immediate reversal of illegal disengagement of twenty six members of the association and payment of their accrued owed allowances and withheld salaries by the Jos University Teaching Hospital, JUTH.
This part of the resolutions contained in a Communiqué signed at the end of a virtual Fortieth Ordinary General Meeting, OGM, hosted by Association of Resident Doctors, Abubakar Tafawa Balewa Teaching Hospital, ATBUTH, Bauchi chapter.
Addressing Journalists at the end of the OGM with a the theme “Health Inequalities and Social Determinants of Health in Nigeria, the National President of the association, Dr. Aliyu Sokomba said the association observed with dismay the illegal disengagement of its members in the phase of coronavirus pandemic without observing due process.
Dr. Sokomba also demanded the immediate implementation of the revised Hazard Allowance, procurement of Life Insurance and payment of death benefits to the Next of Kins of the bereaved and late members of the association.
He also called for the immediate payment of arrears of the new National Minimum Wage recently implemented to some Resident Doctors and implementation of same to state tertiary health institutions.
The National President also expressed displeasure with the incessant harassment of members of the association by security agents while carrying out their legitimate duties, particularly in the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, Lagos and Delta states.
The Association threatened to embark on a total national indefinite strike action, if the government fail to meet its demands.