Unpaid health workers picket Plateau hospital

Unpaid health workers picket Plateau hospital

The staff of Bingham University Teaching Hospital, also known as Jankwano hospital in Jos, Plateau State, on Wednesday shut the hospital from patients and other visitors.

The workers picketed the hospital due to the non-payment of three months salaries; according to one of the affected staff who pleaded not to be named for fear of victimisation.

The staff of the private institution told PREMIUM TIMES that management of the hospital asked them to forfeit the debt.

“We have not been paid salaries since February this year (2017). So, when management wanted to pay us May salaries, they said we should consider that no outstanding again; that means we should forfeit the three months arrears; that is why we are protesting.”

Efforts to speak with management of the hospital did not yield any result, as they declined comments from journalists.

The workers said they have no union to champion their cause as the hospital’s management prevented them from forming one.

The protest which began before 8 a.m. was still on as at the time of this report.

Patients who were brought in for medical attention were turned back, as the staff blocked the gate of the hospital, while those already on hospital beds could not be attended to.

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