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UCH resident doctors begin strike

By Ola Ajayi
THERE was paralysis of medical services yesterday at the University College Hospital, UCH Ibadan as resident doctors embarked on an indefinite strike.

The doctors withdrew their services following alleged eviction of their colleagues from the housing units and arbitrary increase in house rents by the management.

According to a statement by the President, National Association of Resident Doctors, Dr. Atilola Olayinka, the medical practitioners are particularly annoyed with the management for failing to take cognizance of their previous negotiation and forcefully revoking allocation of house to one of their members.

Due to the alleged eviction and alleged highhandedness of the management, the association said it was clear that the authorities of the teaching hospital did not appreciate the peaceful co-existence between them.

After a meeting which the association held to decide on the step to take against the management, it resolved that the management should immediately withdraw all revocation letters served on its members latest by October 19 which lapsed 72 hours ago.

Responding to the issues that led to the strike, the Chief Information Officer and Head, Public Relations Department of the hospital, Mr. Toye Akinrinlola said the management had met with the doctors and resolved the crisis.

He said, “I expect them to call off the strike before the end of today (yesterday)”.

However, as at the time of filing this report, there was no indication yet that the strike had been called off.


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