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CONMESS: Medical doctors give govt 21-day ultimatum…begin 3-day warning strike

By Chinyere Amalu

ABUJA—The National Association of Resident Doctors of Nigeria, NARD, has issued a 21-day ultimatum to the Federal and state governments to immediately start the implementation of the Consolidated Medical Salary Structure, CONMESS, with payment of the arrears accrued from January 2010 to date.

It also said it would embark on a 3-day nationwide warning strike with effect from 1st to 3rd June 2010.

Other areas which the resident doctors want the Federal and state governments to take immediate action on are; improvement on infrastructural development of hospitals and adequate staffing across the nation, re-introduction of the mandatory Post Part 1 overseas clinical attachment for resident doctors, and budgetary provision for the training of resident doctors.

Briefing newsmen yesterday on the outcome of  its Ordinary General Meeting, OGM, NARD National President, Dr. John Aremu said the association has waited patently for the passage of the 2010 appropriation bill into law by the National Assembly, the signing of the 2010 appropriation bill into law by the president and the appointment of a substantive Minister of Health to enable the Federal Government respond to its demands.

His words: “During the OGM NEC of the National Association of Resident Doctors, it resolved unanimously to give the Federal and state governments 21- day ultimatum starting from 24 May to expire on 21 June within which the Federal Government should improve on infrastructural development of hospitals across the nation to cut down the huge expenses on overseas treatment, reintroduce the mandatory Post Part 1 Fellowship Overseas clinical attachment for resident doctors, make budgetary provision for the training of resident doctors to improve quality of specialists doctors and to implement the CONMESS and its areas from January 2010 to date.


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