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Union kicks over privatisation plans in Unilorin teaching hospital

By Demola Akinyemi

ILORIN—Industrial unrest is looming at the University of Ilorin teaching hospital as members of Nigerian Union of Allied Health Professionals, NUAHP, yesterday began a three-day protest against alleged plans by the hospital’s management to privatize and commercialize services at the diagnostic section of the hospital.

They are protesting using what they called a three-day sit-down strike to force the management to rescind its decision.

But the management dismissed the allegation, describing it “fallacious” claims by the local branch of the Association of Radiographers of Nigeria, ARN that it had privatised the X-Ray Department of the hospital.

The protesting workers, who displayed various placards, also alleged that the management had contracted the services of the radio diagnostic section to a private consultant.

Some of the placards read: ‘Don’t add to the suffering of the masses. We say no to privatization,’ ‘we are against privatization. Labour is against privatization,’ privatization is tantamount to mismanagement of public health,


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