The Federal Government on Tuesday ordered the sacking of striking resident doctors in government hospitals who embark on strike on Monday, accusing them of abandoning their duty.
The order is contained in a circular by the Minister of Health, Isaac Adewole and signed by Amina Shamaki, permanent secretary of the ministry, directing chief medical directors (CMDs) and medical directors (MDs) of FG tertiary health institutions to occupy the vacancies created by resident doctors who have “abandoned” their programme.
“It has come to the notice of the management of the ministry that some resident doctors in your establishment have voluntarily withdrawn from the residency training program by refusing to report for training without authorisation. Public service rule, PSR 030402 (e) is relevant.
“This is in spite of the on-going negotiations on their demands put forward by the representatives of the National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) under the auspices of the Nigerian Medical Association.
“In view of this development, you are hereby directed to replace all the doctors that have withdrawn their services, with others from the pool of applicants for the training programs in the various disciplines in order not to create ominous gap in training with attendant disruption of health care delivery in your facility.
“Meanwhile, the ministry is working with the panel on the review of the residency training programme in Nigeria, led by Professor Wole Atoyebi, the registrar of the National Postgraduate Medical College, to fast-track the development of a comprehensive blueprint for postgraduate training of doctors in the country. “Please, ensure immediate compliance,” the circular reads.
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