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LAUTECH doctors decry 50% salary cut

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By Chioma Obinna

Lagos—MEDICAL Doctors at the Ladoke Akintola University Teaching Hospital, LAUTECH, Ogbomoso, weekend, raised alarm over what they described as “isolated percentage salary debacle” in Oyo State’s health sector, saying “it would worsen health indices in the state.”

The doctors, under the auspices of the Association of Resident Doctors, LAUTECH Teaching Hospital, Ogbomoso also accused the state government of reneging on promises on residency training, installation of some essential equipment, delivery of equipment by contractors and completion of infrastructure to match the blueprint of the hospital.

Raising the alarm on the 50 percent salary cut, President of the Association, Dr Sebastine Oiwoh and the General Secretary, Dr Ayobami Alabi appealed to the Oyo State governor to stop the recently implemented decision to pay only doctors and other staff of LAUTECH Teaching hospital Ogbomoso 50 percent of their salary (January, February and March 2016) after being owed for seven months.

Speaking, the President, Dr Sebastine Oiwoh, who described the action as unfair, said “we view as unfair considering the fact that we render essential, specialist and patient-driven services in a majorly agrarian population. These services save lives and maintain the health of the citizenry who see the hospital as the only hope for anyone no matter the social class.”

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