Consultant doctors threaten strike, issue ultimatum in Jos

1 year 1 month ago #8309 by patrickd

The Medical and Dental Consultants Association of Nigeria has given the Federal Government a 21-day ultimatum to resolve the issue of “continuous underpayment of members, who are clinical lecturers in universities across the country or risk a total strike.”

The National President, MDCAN, Prof Keneth Ozoilo, gave the ultimatum at a press conference in Jos, Plateau State, on Monday.

He said the decision to issue the ultimatum was reached during the association’s emergency National Executive Council meeting held on July 19, 2021.

He noted that all efforts at engaging various arms and agencies of government with the aim of achieving a negotiated peaceable solution in the past 10 years had proved an unmitigated failure.

The MDCAN president stated, “After extensive deliberation, NEC observed as follows: The income loss being suffered by consultants, who are clinical lecturers in the universities, has gone on for over 10 years.

“It is the direct result of the fact that they do two full time jobs in both the universities and the teaching hospitals, yet receive a combined emolument that is less than that for one job.

“That the income loss extends into retirement as their retirement benefits are much attenuated too due to the income loss incurred in the university.

“That this income loss is the result of the fact that their work in the teaching hospitals is under-compensated, and also the fact that the remuneration system in the university does not recognise them as doctors, despite the fact that the university primarily employs them because of the fact that they are doctors.

“That this income loss has led to the increasing difficulty in attracting the brightest and the best of consultants into the universities as lecturers, a steady exodus of the few doctors in academia to service centres and a worsening of the brain drain phenomenon.”

He added that the letter from the NSIWC directing the removal of consultants from CONMESS in those few universities was the last straw.

Ozoilo stated, “Consequently, NEC has resolved to withdraw the services of its members from all public institutions to press home its demand for an appropriate, fair and just compensation for the work of clinical lecturers.

“NEC, therefore, hereby issues a 21-day ultimatum effective from today, Monday, July 26, 2021, to the government and its agencies as a notice of its resolve.”

SOURCE: The Punch

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