The National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD), has said that the association can no longer trust the government or any agreement until the problems confronting resident doctors are explicitly tackled.
The national president of the association, Dr Jubril Abdullahi who disclosed this during a telephone interview, said this was not the first time the association has been talking, saying, “We have met, signed agreements, yet nothing has changed for more than 40 years now.”
NARD had embarked on an indefinite strike action a week ago after it demanded that the federal government must produce a blue print on residency training of doctors which must include training modules on overseas training and local ones.
They also demanded that the irregularities in the implementation of the IPPIS must be sorted out while calling on the Enugu State government to extend the implementation of CONMESS to all its members in the Enugu State Teaching Hospital.
They maintained that failure on the part of government to address the aforementioned demands in clear terms, “the ongoing indefinite withdrawal of services is to be sustained until the above demands are met.”
Meanwhile, the minister of health, Prof. Onyebuchi Chukwu expressed deep shock at the position of the resident doctors.
Speaking through his special assistant on media, Dan Nwomeh, the minister said all the salaries and allowances have been paid to the respective bodies and hospitals.
He said, “It is with shock and disbelief that resident doctors have followed this path, government have paid the money to the respective hospitals and agencies.”
The minister explained that, “the problem is that doctors are insisting on seeing alert on their account before they call off the strike.”
In a communiqué issued at the end of the association’s National Executive Council (NEC) meeting in Abuja, they observed that government have failed to address their demands.
The communiqué signed by NARD president and the acting secretary general, Dr Udu Chijoke Udu, stated that all hope to resolve the crisis has not been fruitful given that “government grossly fall short of the articulated demands”.