*As health services grounded in LUTH
By Chioma Obinna
LAGOS — Patients who cannot access healthcare services at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital, LUTH, following an indefinite strike by doctors under the auspices of Association of Resident Doctors, LUTH-ARD are now trooping to the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, LASUTH, Ikeja for medical attention.
The spill over, Vanguard gathered, started since the beginning of the week. A visit at the hospital, yesterday, showed a crowd of patients in all the out-patient departments. At the Records Unit of the hospital, it was obvious that the hospital was filled with patients.
This may not be unconnected with the unfortunate situation at LUTH, which has made patients to desert the tertiary health facility.
Specifically, at the Surgical Out-Patients Department of LASUTH, the number of patients waiting to be attended to was overwhelming. A doctor who spoke to Vanguard on condition of anonymity said they were overwhelmed by the crowd and had arranged with some doctors from other departments to assist.
NMA blames LUTH mgt
Meanwhile, the Nigerian Medical Association, NMA, Lagos State Branch has condemned the action of the management of LUTH for unilaterally collecting (at a go) huge back log of the controversial tax from January 1, 2012.
The Chairman, Dr. Francis Faduyile who spoke to reporters in Lagos described the outrageous tax deduction as “inhuman.”
Faduyile who also blamed the management of the hospital for the bulk deduction of the tax arrears, said: “The deduction ought to have been staggered such that the impact on the doctors will not be burdensome. It’s quite unfortunate that the applicability of Nigerian laws is anti-medical.”
Faduyile who pointed out that doctors were not against the payment of tax, said: “It is understandable that LUTH management has decided to effect this new tax law and I don’t have problems with that, but when you want to take arrears, you should be able to sit down with your staff and discuss and say this is how I want to remove it.”