Strike action: FG, Resident Doctors reach agreement
The National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD), have reached an agreement with the Federal Government, over its ongoing strike. The resolution comes after a meeting which lasted almost an entire day. NARD on Wednesday resolved to consult its executive council within 24 hours, with a view to calling off the strike by Thursday.
The association had been locked in serious negotiations with the Federal Government to resolve issues that led to the declaration of a nationwide strike on Monday. Some of the demands includes provision of group life insurance for doctors and other Health Care Workers, payment of death-in-service benefit to next of kin/beneficiaries, Universal implementation of the Medical Residency Training Act in all Federal and State, immediate review of the Hazard Allowance of Health Care Workers and payment of the Covid-19 Inducement Allowance.
In response, the Federal Government noted that eight of the demands made by NARD had been addressed and the remaining two were in different stages of being resolved. After much deliberations, both parties reached several agreements. They agreed that the Hospitals and Isolation Centres now have sufficient Provision of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).
They also agreed that the Federal Government had paid the total sum of Nine Billion Three Hundred Million Naira (N9.3billion) to Insurance Companies for Life Group Insurance and payment of death benefits for health workers. The both parties however agreed that nobody will be victimized for any activity connected with or for participating in the industrial action.SHOW LESS