By Vincent Ujumadu
Awka – Resident Doctors in the country have threatened to embark on strike action from October 1 this year, should the Federal Government fail to implement the new Medical Salary Scale (MSS) for doctors by the end of September.
Rising from its 2nd regular national executive council meeting in Awka yesterday, the National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD), called on government to release the circular on the salary structure without further delay to avert the proposed nationwide strike.
President of the association, Dr. Golden Owhonda, in a communique at the end of the meeting regretted that Nigerian doctors are working under an inappropriate scale, adding that although the new structure was approved for them 15 years ago, there had been a problem with its implementation to date.
â€œWe are calling on the Federal Government to start the implementation of this MSS. We had an agreement with government that this new scheme will start before October 1 and it was based on this agreement that we suspended the proposed nationwide strike action. If government abides by it, there will be no need to cripple the healthcare system by embarking on strike.
â€œThe MSS is the least government can do for the health care providers because the economic situation in the country is such that the welfare package of doctors needs to be reviewed from time to time.
Government has given us unequivocal commitment that this will be ready before October 1 and what we are doing is to sensitize the public that it is not our desire to go on strike, unless government reneges on the agreementâ€, Owhonda said.