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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  • John green

    I said it here earlier this week that it’s the gej administration that’s confused and would do anything not to make the country work well. The doctors are right in all forms now and it has been proven. We need a better leader in this nation and GEJ is far from it

  • BlackieUmukoro

    The doctors have been whipped into line and dare not go on strike on flimsy reasons like their 24 pointless demands

  • uju

    They have been whipped in form yes…. I have a few Dr friends and I see what these pple go thru in service to their patients…. These patients were the one who called them all sorts of names during this period…. I tell you no Dr after wat happened will go extra mile to help any patient, and that I have started witnessing…. A times you see drs doing the work of a nurse and medlab just to hasten things up…. I be read a lot and its to ur tent oh Is real from now onwards… I just pity the ignorant Nigerians who open their mouth and talk anyhow.

  • bayuse

    Is any one still reading this pastor-professor, after all his hate campaign, and off-the-mark predictions in the run up to Nigeria’s election?

  • Malik Isah

    what is there to add!

  • jamesbond3

    I totally agree with this write up. The writer described Jonathan very well although I think that history may be a bit kind to Jonathan because he conceded power peacfully

    • Tunde I

      Please please please, we should not be celebrating Jonathan for conceding. Thats what he is supposed to do. Nigerians voted him out, he is not doing us a favour, WE VOTED HIM OUT. We Nigerians are the ones who should be celebrated for voting out a clueless, inconsiderate, monumentally corrupt and mediocre president, so why should we thank him for conceding? Abegi!!!.
      Nigerians now know what good looks like and if Buhari/APC don’t perform, we vote them out as well.
      I am sick to the teeth of people lauding Jonathan for conceding, its not right.

      • James Bond

        In the grand scheme of things, conceding power peacefully in Africa is a good thing. African presidents are known to be sit tight presidents who would rather take down their countries before giving up power. The case of Ivory Coast easily comes to mind. It has never been done before in Nigeria where a sitting president with all the powers of patronage at his disposal concedes power to the opposition. Normally they would have rigged it or fought to the last man standing so that is the perspective from where I’m coming from. They say that in the land of the blind, a one-eyed man is king.

        • Cox

          I agreed with you that in Africa our leader don’t give up power easily, but president jonathan doesn’t have a choice in this scenario because Nigeria is bigger than Ivory Coast its can’t happen here. Moreso international community has warned the government about any violent after election. ICC is there to jail whoever course the violent. I know people would have die but he will never enjoying his loot for the rest of his life together with his wife. He thinks before he conceded defeat.

        • Mosun Aig

          Maybe the man was just tired, he had nothing more to give. He saw no future in ruling an unwilling populace. He did the right thing.

      • Mosun Aig

        That was our expectation. He did not do us a favour. Even if he didn’t concede, I am not sure he would have ruled Nigeria beyond May 29th, 2015. The people rejected him from the result.

  • dudu

    I agree absolutely with this writer. May your ink never dry

  • Ajayi Ifayemi

    We thank God for lifting Nigeria out of this tragic comedy. Every of his statements were funny, but not funny!