By Simon Ebegbulem
BENINâ€”THE National Association of Resident Doctors of Nigeria (NARD) has issued a 60-day ultimatum to the Federal Government to solve the problems confronting its members or face industrial action.
NARD, after its extra-ordinary meeting at Irrua Specialist Hospital, in Edo State, weekend, reviewed what it described as the precarious and deplorable condition its members wereÂ being subjected due to the alleged insensitivity of the Federal Government.
It vowed to cripple the health sector if by September 30, 2009, government refused to meet up with its demands.
In a communiquÃ© signed by its National President, Dr. Ighodaro Emmanuel and Secretary, Dr. Ezeja Ejike, made available to Vanguard, NARD explained that government must resolve theÂ “evidence of specific budgetary allocation, appropriation for the funding of residency programmes in the post graduate training health institutions.
â€œ Circularization and implementation of the medical salary scale negotiated by our parent body, the National Medical Association (NMA), with recourse to the existing relativity structure of the health sector and without prejudice to the minimum wage increment of Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC)â€.
â€œEvidence of budgetary allocations/appropriation for internal/overseas clinical attachment for resident doctors. This is following conscious effort by the association at previous meetings, negotiation and agreement towards resolving the above issues.
â€œIf at the expiration of the ultimatum these issues are not addressed adequately, NEC will reappraise the situation and would be at liberty to take any action it deems fit to ensure there is redress for its members, including withdrawal of clinical services in all the health institution in the country, an action which we should not be held responsible forâ€.