By Samuel Oyadongha
Yenagoa – Relatives of patients at Federal Medical Centre, FMC, Yenagoa, Bayelsa State, yesterday, relocated their loved ones from the only federal referral institution in the state as nurses at the hospital embarked on indefinite strike to press home their demand for improved salary regime.
The aggrieved nurses, it was gathered, declared industrial dispute over an alleged circular from the Federal Ministry of Health, through the Head of Service, which appeared offensive to their union.
The nurses, under the aegis of Joint Health Sector Unions, are demanding among others, that the said offensive circular from the Federal Ministry of Health be withdrawn to allow for industrial peace.
They also insisted that their demand for Consolidated Tertiary Institutions Salary Structure, CONTISS, be approved to enhance their salary structure.
When Vanguard visited the centre yesterday, it was noticed that some of the patients were being evacuated by relatives to private hospitals in Yenagoa.
A staff at the centre, who pleaded anonymity told Vanguard that most of the patients had been discharged because of the strike action, claiming that not all the nurses were involved in the strike.