LAUTECH confirms sack of resident doctors

Photo: Nigerian Eye

The Ladoke Akintola University of Technology Teaching Hospital branch of the Association of Resident Doctors has protested the sack of resident doctors in the hospital.

The association’s president, Adeyinka Owolabi, told journalists in Osogbo on Wednesday that the sack was connected to the lingering industrial crisis between the association and the management.

Mr. Owolabi said there were no efforts at resolving the impasse, contrary to information making the rounds.

‎He called on all Nigerians to intervene in the lingering industrial crisis between it and the Osun State government.

The resident doctors at the Hospital have been on strike for more than seven months over issues relating to unpaid salaries and other welfare packages.

Mr. Owolabi urged President Muhammadu Buhari to prevail on the state governor, Rauf Aregbesola, to accede to their demands to avoid the collapse of health care delivery in the state.

He said the state government and their representative have taken to blackmail, intimidation and victimisation of their members.

Mr. Owolabi maintained that the ongoing strike by the resident doctors would continue until all pending issues were resolved.

‎He also claimed that every attempt made within and outside the state to resolve the issues had failed.

Activities at the hospital have remained paralysed since September 28th 2015 when the industrial action by the resident doctors began.

The Chief Medical Director of LAUTECH, Akeem Lasisi, when contacted, said those the hospital asked to go had overstayed the duration of their residency programme.

He said the sacking followed a forensic audit carried out in the hospital, adding that it was not targeted at the resident doctors alone.

According to the CMD, the sacking had nothing to do with the strike embarked on by the ARD since September 28th, 2015.

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