Nigerian government reinstates sacked resident doctors

Doctors performing surgery on a patient

The Minister of Health, Onyebuchi Chukwu, has announced the reinstatement of the over 16, 000 resident doctors sacked on August 13 .

The spokesperson to the Minister, Dan Nwomeh, in a tweet, said the doctors reinstatement became effective yesterday (Thursday).

The resident doctors make up 70 per cent of the workforce in government’s hospitals.

The doctors were sacked after a month-long strike by the Nigerian Medical Association, NMA, an association of all medical practitioners in Nigeria.

The doctors had gone on indefinite strike following government’s refusal to accede to their “24 minimum demands ” by the Nigerian government.

However, the NMA strike was called off on Sunday.

The NMA on calling off the strike gave the government condition that all sack resident doctors must be reinstated without punitive measures.

Mr. Nwomeh said the Federal Government has lifted the suspension of the Residency Training Programme, RTP, in all federal hospitals.

This programme sees the resident doctors through their career in becoming consultants.

Following the lift on the suspension of the residency programme, all Chief Medical Directors, CMDs and Medical Directors, MDs of training centers have been directed to issue letters of reinstatement to the resident doctors.

Mr. Nwomeh said the letters would enable the doctors resume work.

He also quoted the government as urging the reinstated doctors to view their reinstatement as a sign of goodwill by the administration.

He asked them to put greater commitment and dedication to their duties.

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