The Lagos state chapter of the Nigeria Medical Association has refuted reports of the recall of its members by the Lagos state government.
Adedamola Dada, chairman of NMA, told PREMIUM TIMES on Tuesday that reports that 34 of its members have been recalled by the Lagos state government is a trick the government is playing to win public sympathy.
“It is mere propaganda by the Lagos state government, Dr Dada said. “They have not recalled anyone.”
The Lagos government and its medical doctors union are locked in a fierce legal battle over the sacking of 788 doctors for failing to respond to a query.
The suit seeking to force the Lagos state government to recall the doctors is currently before the National Industrial Court. The Lagos government challenged the jurisdiction of the court on the suit but the court ruled it had powers to try the case and fixed hearing for June 13.
Meanwhile, other medical doctors’ unions across the nation have threatened to strike if the Lagos state government do not recall the sacked doctors.
On Monday, the National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) issued the Federal Government a two-week ultimatum within which to prevail on Lagos state government to recall the sacked doctors.
The Nigerian Labour Congress, NLC, is planning to mediate talks between the government and the doctors.
In a press statement in Abuja on Sunday, the union said it has established contact with Babatunde Fashola, the Lagos state governor, and he is welcome its intervention in the crisis.
Since sacking its doctors, the Lagos state government has made efforts to restaff its clinics, including an attempt to mass recruit doctors.
The NMA believes the government cannot find anybody to recruit.
“Let them come out and show
people who they have recruited,” Dr Dada snapped.
While the government and its doctors fight, the hospitals remain largely idle while patients continue to suffer.