By Chioma Obinna
Healthcare services at the Federal Medical Centre (FMC), Ebutte-Metta, Lagos is under serious threat following disagreement between the Medical Director, Dr. Yewande Jinadu and the workers.
While the health workers under the auspices of the Joint Action Committee of Health Professionals (JAC) are calling for her removal within one week or face mass action, the Medical Director says their reasons are baseless without substantial evidence.
The aggrieved health workers are accusing the Chief Medical Director of poor accountability, frivolous contracts, mismanagement of fund, staff assault, non payment of statutory allowances, poor staff promotion, irrational discharge of critical patient two- days after caesarian section.
Meanwhile, findings revealed that the Union and the Board of the hospital will be meeting tommorrow to fashion out an end to the crisis.
Reacting,Jinadu dismissed the allegations, saying the workers were only aggrieved because her administration had continued to play by the rules of the civil service to ensure that such allegations remain baseless.
Jinadu blamed their grievances on the fact that the management team had insisted that all promotion must be based on examination (promotional interviews) and that the era of mass promotion was over.
“The Board has revisited the promotion strategy. It is not my making, I am only part of the Board and has nothing to do with who and who does not get promoted.”
In a brief, Chairman, JAC, Comrade, Ebenezer Akande said the appointment of the CMD had brought problems to the hospital which was being run like a personal estate not minding the consequences of the actions on the workers and patients, threatening that the workers would embark on an indefinite strike should the Federal government fails to remove her within one week.
Akande also pointed out that the issue of poor staff promotion, has become a night mare to the entire staff as the promotion examination was so programmed to ensure mass failure of staff across board, querring “otherwise how can one explain the practice of giving a junior staff professional question outside their areas of competence.”
He said the casualisation of workers for more than four years, ethnicism and nepotism wastage of government funds, high harddedness in administration and unilateral decision to erode other major departments in the hospital, the Assistant Chairman, Rita C. Opara, threatened that the union would embark on an indefinite strke should the government fails to remove the medical director within one week.
On the issues of misappropriations of funds at the hospital, she denied the allegations saying she has been able to take the hospital to the level of a medical centre instead of what it used to be in the past.
Stating that implementing the promotion procedure in the FMC has been difficult, she said the promotion of some staff have been stalled due to their inability to pass the promotion examinations.
On frivolous contracts, she hinted that contracts are not awarded by her and that there was no way an eight-member board would approve all the contracts for only one contractor as being alleged by the union.