By CHIDI NKWOPARA
Imo State branch of Nigerian Medical Association, NMA, has ordered all medical doctors in the employ of the state government to commence an indefinite industrial action with effect from February 1, 2011.
The state NMA Chairman, Dr. Barthy Okorochukwu, who gave the order at a press conference in Owerri, also charged all doctors in federal government institutions to fully participate in the strike as a show of solidarity with their state counterparts.
“This is in keeping with the directive from the national body of the Association and expiration of the extra time given by Imo State branch of NMA to the state government to complete work on the consolidated medical salary scale, CONMESS, implementation,” Okorochukwu said.
Noting NMA’s regrets over the difficulties Imo people will suffer during the strike, Okorochukwu promised that “the situation will be reviewed after two weeks to determine further line of action”.
The Imo NMA boss affirmed that the state executive council of the Association did not embark on the strike when other states started theirs because they felt that the government had already set up a committee to negotiate with the state NMA.