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Ebonyi resident doctors suspend strike

Abakaliki—The Association of Resident Doctors in the Ebonyi State Teaching Hospital, Abakaliki, weekend, suspended their strike action.

The suspension of the 11-weeks-old strike, is coming one week after nurses and other health workers in the hospital suspended the strike on June 24.

Dr Ifeanyi Umoke, the President, Resident Doctors Association, said that the strike was suspended after an agreement by government to pay the enhanced Harmonised Tertiary Institutions Salary Scale (HATISS).

“The money will be paid from the revenue generated internally from the hospital,” he said.

Doctors, nurses and other health workers at the hospital on April 8, embarked on indefinite strike over government’s inability to pay the consolidated salary structure.

They had also demanded for improved health facilities in the hospital, adding that most of the facilities were in deplorable state.

He told newsmen that the state government had also agreed to employ more medical personnel to fill up the vacant positions created before and after the strike.

“We also agreed that two months after the industrial strike is suspended, all arrears will be cleared. But if government does not honour these agreements, we will resume the strike. We are giving them the benefit of doubt,” he said.


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