Lagos doctors on Sunday July 12 announced that they are embarking on a three day warning strike following the failure of the state government to meet their demands.
Oluwajimi Sodipo, identified as Chairman of Medical Guild (an association of Medical Doctors under the employment of the Lagos State Government), said the strike embarked by Lagos doctors which would run from July 13 to 16 will exempt members working in the state’s COVID-19 isolation centres.
The doctors made it known that they are embarking on the strike over the wage disparity between the Federal and Lagos state doctors, COVID-19 Hazard allowances and inducement allowances MOU approved by the Federal Government, non-payment of doctors working in isolation centre as well as unceremoniously disengagement of doctors in the isolation centres without recourse to their welfare.
Recall that the National Association of Resident Doctors recently suspended a nationwide strike.
The strike of resident doctors began on Monday, June 15, after the expiration of a 14-day ultimatum issued to the Federal Government.
The association took the decision to go on strike after a series of meetings between the doctors and the Federal Government ended in a stalemate and no decision was made.
However, the union has now announced that the strike has been suspended less than one week after it commenced.
NARD made the announcement in a communique read to newsmen by its President, identified as Dr. Aliyu Sokomba, yesterday, June 21, in Abuja after its National Executive Council meeting attended by over 300 members.
The organization said it took the decision to call off the strike in order to enable the government time to fulfill outstanding demands following an appeal by the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, Chairman of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum and other stakeholders.