Resident Doctors of Nigeria (NARD) Commence Nationwide Indefinite Strike
The National Association of Resident Doctors of Nigeria (NARD)has declared an indefinite strike action following the failure of the Federal Government to empower residency training in the country.
Addressing a news conference in Kano, the association’s National President, Dr. Jibril Abdullahi threatened that all state hospitals will be shut down if the Enugu State Teaching Hospital did not implement the consolidated medical salary structure within 21 days.
According to the association, the persistent unwillingness of the federal government to articulate a comprehensive guidelines for residency training in Nigeria has eventually led to inadequate funding of residency training, citing the failure of the recently re-introduced overseas clinical attachments for resident doctors and of course the incessant industrial disharmony in many training centres as some of the reasons for the resident doctors industrial action.
Consequently, the NARD National President Dr.Jibril Abdullahi resolved that until the federal government produces a blueprint on residency training with immediate effect and sort out all irregularities on the implementation of the integrated payroll and personnel information system, IPPIS, the strike will continue to be total and indefinite.