By Francis Igata
ENUGU—Resident doctors at the Enugu National Orthopaedic Hospital, NOHE, have embarked on indefinite strike over alleged industrial dispute with the management.
The doctors said that they embarked on the action following alleged discrimination, intimidation and oppression of members as well as nonchalant attitude of the hospital’s management to their general welfare.
A two-page letter addressed to the Medical Director of NOHE, Dr Cajetan Nwadinigwe, entitled “Commencement of Indefinite Strike Action,” and signed jointly by the President of the union, Dr Ifeanyi Anikwe, and the Secretary, Dr Ifeanyi Okorie, stated that the association was compelled to withdraw their services from the hospital as a result of the failure of the management to meet their five-point demand after several correspondences.
While accusing Nwadinigwe of insensitivity to their welfare, the doctors said the option of industrial action was taken as the medical director did not comply with the 21- day ultimatum given by the workers for their grievances to be addressed.
The doctors frowned at extortion through the implementation of double taxations of its members in the hospital to pay the outstanding debt owed the Enugu State Board of Internal Revenue, BIR.
They also flayed the non-remittance of their monthly pension deductions and accrued interest for over two years, noting that the management had consistently failed to explain the whereabouts of the deduction despite several correspondences on the matter.
It furthermore, condemned the delay in the payment of promotion arrears to resident doctors adding that there was “no obvious reason having met all the criteria for their promotion.”
The non-payment of updates of sponsorship benefits which were the pre-requisite for their continued training.
“However, we regret all inconveniences this action may cause the public and our dear patients, as management should be held solely responsible for untoward effects,” they said. The management was yet to react to the issue as at the time of going to the press.