The Osun State branch of the Nigeria Medial Association (NMA), has said that the striking members of the Joint Health Sector Union (JOHESU) at the Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospital Complex (OAUTHC), Ile-Ife, Osun State have resorted to locking up critical facilities in the hospital in order to frustrate doctors on duty.
The chairman of the association, Tokunbo Olajumoke, and Secretary, Olalekan Ajayi, in a press statement on Wednesday said the doctors were ready to work and provide proper healthcare services to patients, ”but the striking workers were hampering the provision of services”.
According the NMA, JOHESU members ”must stop the intimidation of doctors”.
The association alleged that JOHESU members were violent in the manner they were going about their strike, ”creating the impression that it was impossible for the hospital to exist without them”.
NMA said JOHESU members in the hospital locked up critical facilities that the doctors needed to work, just to frustrate the doctors.
“JOHESU members should conduct themselves in an honourable manner as other members of the society when there is an industrial dispute and submit all the government belongings in their care to those who are willing to use them for the benefit of the masses,” the NMA statement read.
“The management of OAUTHC should without further delay provide adequate security to prevent the breakdown of law and order by this violent group of hospital aides and assistants.
“That tentatively, ad-hoc staff should be temporarily employed to assist in the smooth running at the OAUTH, Ile-Ife pending the resolution of the ongoing quagmire.
“The government is reminded of the January 2014 agreement that any increment in CONHESS salary scale must be followed by a corresponding adjustment in the CONMESS scale.”
Reacting to the allegation, the National Media Officer of JOHESU, Godwin Ogbonna, said NMA lied.
He said JOHESU members ”did not attack or harass any doctor at OAUTHC”.