Resident doctors commence nationwide strike

Resident Doctors
Resident Doctors

Resident doctors across Nigeria have commenced a nationwide indefinite strike.

The doctors resolved to proceed on the strike after a meeting of its national leadership that ended in the early hours of Monday.

In a brief statement obtained by Vanguard Newspapers, the President of the National Association of Resident Doctors, NARD, Onyebueze John, said, “Rising from our NEC meeting, which started by 7pm yesterday and ended 3am today. NARD has resolved to reject the promissory offer from Government, and proceed on total and indefinite strike action until all items in her demand list for strike action are resolved by Government.”

PREMIUM TIMES reported how the Minister of Labour had said on Saturday after a meeting with the doctors that the planned strike had been suspended.

The doctors later refuted the statement, saying though they met with the government, but were yet to take a decision.

The strike action is expected to adversely affect healthcare in public secondary and tertiary hostpitals in the country, particularly the teaching hospitals.


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  • MilitaryPolice01

    With due apologies to Hon Patrick Obahiagbon, I must say “Nigeria as a Country is approaching avoidable cataracts, icebergs and osbo lakes’ – whatever that last phrase means

    • Ola

      I beg to disagree with you that the ship is not approaching any cataracts or iceberg.

      I am in my 50″s and since my teenage years , I have grown up to witness unending strikes by ASUU , Resident Doctors, Labour Union, NUPENG, Tanker Drivers etc.

      The country has not folded up or shipwrecked. We will survive this onslaught too and move on.

      Every attempt by the government to privatize some areas of our Education system, Health and Oil Sector has always been fiercely resisted by the Labour groups because they live on the rottenness of the system .

      One would have thought by now that labour groups should have solutions to some of the endemic problems they face but no they will rather let things rot away and wait to embark on strike action year in year out.

  • Galantman

    I support the demand by both ASU and Resident Doctors, BUT both institutions are rotten to the core. Lectures have abandoned their main role and turned themselves into handout sellers and all sorts of immoral vices in the campus especially with female students. Resident Doctors actullay do 20% of the job at Government hospitals and the rest at their private clinics. It is an open secret that the Doctors will refer you to there OWN clinic for better treatment because it’s commercial. He who comes to equity must come with clean hands.

    • emmanuel

      Do you know those called resident Doctors? They are not the ones you referenced in your post

      • Galantman

        Please educate me

        • emmanuel

          They are trainee Doctors, still under direct supervision of consultants. They hardly have capacities to do runs, having not found their footings yet.

          • Galantman

            Thanks for the clarification. So it’s SOME of the well trained experienced Doctors that are telling patients to go and meet them in their private clinics.

  • dami

    and nigerians wonder why we seek medical attention outside the country….the commitment of medical personel is rotten and non-existent…hence they become rusty and deliver sub-par performance…misdiagnosis….improper patient advice and care to name a few. Maybe goverment should get out of the hospital establishment & mamangment business and subsidize treatment bills instead and eventually concentrate on strong regulatory framework for health insurance….a “buharicare” bill is long overdue