NMA dares Jonathan, asks Nigeria’s resident doctors to reject sack letters

Goodluck Jonathan

The Nigerian Medical Association, NMA, has ordered all resident doctors to reject the federal government directive and not collect any sack letters from the management of their hospitals.

After a meeting by the association’s National Officers’ Committee, NOC, on Friday, the doctors were also advised not to sign any register opened by the Nigerian government or any hospital.

On Thursday, President Goodluck Jonathan ordered the sack of about 16,000 resident doctors in Nigeria.

Resident doctors are also members of the NMA, which has been on strike since July 1.

The directive by Mr. Jonathan was stated in an internal memo dated August 13 and signed by the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Health, L.N. Awute. The memo was addressed to tertiary hospitals.

Mr. Awute said the directive was given in a view of the challenges facing the health sector while hospitals could employ part time doctors (locum) who must be of ‘good behaviour’.

The memo also contained a sample of sack letters to be issued all the resident doctors in the different hospitals.

“In compliance with this order, I am to regrettably inform you that your appointment in this hospital is hereby terminated forthwith,” the permanent secretary said in the specimen sack letter she asked hospitals to issue resident doctors.

However, the NMA, in its resolution, ordered medical doctors to not apply for part time job as directed by FG’s circular.

“For the avoidance of doubt, no medical doctor no matter how hungry,  should pick up any locum appointment with the government hospitals as directed by the circular. Any doctor who flouts this directive, does so at his/her own peril,” the association said.

All doctors were also directed to remain committed to volunteering to help contain the Ebola Disease outbreak in Nigeria.

The association also advised the Nigerian government to ensure that people under the deadly disease surveillance do not travel outside their domain of residence.

The NMA also admonished all its members to remain calm and wait for further directive from the association.

The association condemned the president’s directive and asked him to withdraw the suspension circular and unconditionally reinstate all the ‘so-called sacked’ resident doctors.

It demanded that the government show commitment in resolving current impasse with the association rather than resorting to punitive measures that will only further aggravate the already deplorable situation.

The federal government had in its circular indicated that the resident doctors were being sacked because the government was suspending residency training “indefinitely.”

The NMA, however, advised that rather than abolish residency training, government should show more commitment towards improving the already poorly funded programme.


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  • Psalm 35

    GEJ who or whom ever advised you to take this step does not mean well and should be fired, recall these sack letters and reinstate these res docs. People are already laughing at Nigeria on international blogs, how can you sack 16000 res docs during an international epidemic like ebola. Which way Nigeria, how long can we keep up with this nonsense.

    • redeem

      The raging cold war between the resident doctors in Lagos and the state government OVER salary adjustment further nosedived yesterday as the leader of Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu ordered the state Governor, Mr. Babatunde Raji Fashola to immediately sack all the aggrieved doctors and hire new ones.

      Tinubu, who was a former governor of Lagos State between 1999 and 2007 declared that the state government was not ready to come to terms with the aggrieved doctors saying it was not compulsory for them to be members of the state civil service.

      Tinubu, who spoke at a stakeholders meeting with Christian representatives from various churches across the state at Lagos State government meeting with religious leaders held at Muson Centre, Onikan, Lagos, averred that the striking medical doctors who remained adamant to all pleas made by the government should resign from Lagos State employment or be sacked.

      According to him, “the strike by the doctors is more political than actual protest about salary. We discovered that the said former chairman of the Medical Guild, Lagos State chapter, Dr. Ibrahim Olaifa whom they want government to reinstate is now a People’s Democratic Party (PDP) candidate for House of Representatives in Oyo State.

      • redeem

        hE IS FOLLOWING IN THE FOOT STEP OF TINUBU ATI FASHOLA

        • Shehu

          WE HAVE BIG TROUBLE IN NIGERIA. JONATHAN HAS TRANSFORMED TO FULANI. WE HAVE A FULANI PRESIDENT, THAT’S WHY WE HAVE PROBLEMS EVERYWHERE. SO NIGERIANS, WE NEED TO REMOVE THIS FULANI GUY TO SOLVE OUR PROBLEMS. NIGERIANS ACT NOW TO SAVE OUR COUNTRY FROM EBELE.= EBOLA

          • redeem

            Did this Ibo man who calls himself shehu————read what tinubu said at all—————–fire them doctors all of them————is the wage increase as demanded by the doctors dependent on the newly discovered national resources or the same oil revenue———–from the SS

          • Techno

            Deri the blog prostitute, welcome. You have started yarning your rubbish as usual after a couple shots of sapele water…..ok o. There ris God oooo. Tinubu theif your papa money? Crase dey worry you

          • Shehu

            MR. FULANIPHOBIA, THERE IS NOTHING LIKE IBO IN ME. I AM A FULANI MAN WHO YOU HATE WITH PASSION. YOUR DUMBO JONAHARAM NEEDS TO BE REMOVED SINCE HE IS FULANI NOW AND HAS FAILED TO DELIVER GOOD THINGS. BIGOT KAWAI!

        • Aminu

          Dear Editor
          I begin to suspect that one of the commentators to this forum Redeem by name is not human rather it might be a robot poorly programmed to respond negatively to any comment where PDP’s/Jonathan name is mentioned in bad light.Therefore kindly investigate and act accordingly to separate human comment from robot whose response is always out of context to the topic on discussion.

      • Psalm 23

        Olaifa is a Nigerian, and it is his right to fight for wage increase at a time and join a party to contest election at another time. Tinubu is suffering from arrogance of 16 years of monarchy in Lagos kingdom. It is time for him to be dethroned.

    • Adeola Temidayo

      They (Resident Doctors) are on strike anyway, so what is the difference between sack or ‘awol’ from duty. People are actualy laughing at the Resident doctors on international blogs for embarking on strike when thier country needed them the most. The resident doctors should be gone forever.

      • Concerned Nigerian

        Residents gone forever? What a myopic statement. Obviously you do have no idea on the implications.

      • ke

        Adeola. you simply don’t have the slightest idea what is means to suspend training of specialists in federal hospitals in Nigeria. You may have to travel to Congo to see a gynecologist or travel to Togo to see an EarNoseThroat(ENT) specialist. my little cousin had a preauricular sinus and i traveled 160km to find the nearest ENT specialist. The fact remains that the Nigeria people need specialists(or specialists in training i.e. Residents). Nigeria, just as India equally produce export quality doctors. The situation in Nigeria today is due to insensitive clueless GOVT. dont blame the doctors

  • Adeola Temidayo

    If the president really represents the majority of Nigerians, he must not rescind this decision. Nigerians are fed up and are tired of the crass irresponsibility showed by the resident doctors in Nigeria. Nigeria is the only country in the world where the doctors can go on strike while there is a national health emergency.

    Enough certainly is enough, the resident doctors are neither committed to their job nor the nation. For me, this is the best decision taken by the President in the circumstance he found himself. The resident doctors must now work for their pay like every other Nigerians or rather concentrate on their private practice which most of them do anyway. Anyone who doesn’t show understanding with the President on this matter is either unfaithful to himself or deliberately being mischievous May GOD bless and continue to protect and be with the President.

    • Psalm 23

      So you think it is sacking of 16,000 doctors that will solve the equation?

    • redeem

      leader of Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu ordered the state Governor, Mr. Babatunde Raji Fashola to immediately sack all the aggrieved doctors and hire new ones.

      • Island man

        Redeem where you there when Tinubu ordered Fash to sack???

  • Sopulu

    Enough of cash and carry doctors and medical care. Go and hire Indian doctors for Nigerians currently held hostage by the greedy, unprofessional so called NMA doctors. Britain hired Indians why not Nigeria.

    • Psalm 23

      Not only Indian doctors, FG should also hire Indian JOHESU consultants

      • redeem

        54 Y<EARS AFTER OUR FREEDOM—LOOK ———————-WE STILL DO NOT HAVE ENOUGH ENOUGH DOCTORS

    • Efe1

      They will last one day here. When given a cutlass and a candle light to carry out and operation, they will realise that we have animals as leaders in Nigeria.

  • gwobezentashi janinjaka

    GEJ has been on competence strike since the beginning of his second term except neither he nor his supporters know it. The man has been drinking and skelewuing Nigeria from crisis to crisis. Even his goodluck charm couldn’t save us from Ebele Ebola. Very soon only Dame go waka come. How could things get so bad?

  • DaDiva

    Jonathan is obviously the propagator, chairman of Boko Haram whom he fully employed to make distract / remove the focus from his corrupt governance,
    now he has employed the Ebola virus to manipulate doctors into calling off their strike, plus a cure US has found out to be an insecticide…ewww
    he also has sacked medical doctors — proof that he has no regard whatsoever for his own country’s problematic issues and has no interest in improving any sector apart from Boko Haram, ebola virus, and tourism..all are his political strategies..using them to siphon clean money out of our treasury..
    a leader willing to invest millions into footballers that came back with no cup or win or gain and into other things that is not helping to build Nigeria but yet unwilling to meet the small demands of the medical doctors, lawyers, nurses etc have all gone to strike and had their demands met but doctors as professionals are now disposable houseboys (he doesn’t even have the guts to sack his native doctor)…all because he and his family assesses medical treatment abroad and are handled by white doctors- blahhh..
    he is willing to employ quacks (in the place of his trained doctors) to provide Nigerians with quack medical care only just to keep his hospitals running and his money rolling in than to meet the minute demands of our country’s doctors. Nigerians are now all disposables, he has no concern what so ever for the well being of his doctors talk more of his people, this is only just the beginning – so many people have died and been killed in this country since his regime and he doesn’t care if more will die.

    he should also close down all the medical schools..craze.. soon all the nurses, lawyers etc will also be sacked turn by turn, law schools , nursing schools etc closed down too (looollllz) …a loud crashhhh,kaboommm!!! even if na military regime we dey…God save Nigeria ooo!