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Ebonyi teaching hospital workers suspend strike

*Doctors remain adamant

By Dennis Agbo

ABAKALIKI—Different labour unions, except the Association of Resident Doctors (ARD) of Ebonyi State University Teaching Hospital (EBSUTH), who embarked on an indefinite strike since April 7, yesterday, suspended the strike on the grounds that the state government has agreed to pay an Enhanced HATISS Plus package instead of the disputed CONTIS.

But Chairman of the ARD, Dr. Ifeanyi Umoke said the doctors will remain on strike until the decision of the negotiating committee was taken to the doctors, who would review the conditions and either accept them to suspend the strike or continue with it.

The ten point agreement read by the deputy national secretary of Association Nigeria Nurses and Midwives, Mr. Chimere Nwugo provides that should the board/management of EBSUTH reengage on any part of the agreement, the suspended strike shall be resumed without prior notice.

The strike is being suspended, while there are indications that no fewer than 48 consultants and specialist doctors have left EBSUTH.

Dr. Umoke confirmed the report, adding that he was not sure of the numbers, since they exit almost on daily basis.

Also, there are fears that 14 doctors being trained outside Ebonyi state under the sponsorship of EBUTH may not return to the teaching hospital at the completion of their training programme, because of the current uncompetitive remuneration obtained in the state teaching hospital.


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