The National Association of Resident Doctors (NARDs) in the FCT recently expressed their intention to embark on a strike during a meeting with Minister Nyesom Wike.
During a gathering with medical professionals in Abuja, Minister Wike acknowledged the doctors’ right to make recommendations.
He highlighted the government’s commitment to examining these recommendations thoroughly.
This approach demonstrates a willingness to engage with the concerns of the medical community.
Wike expressed his disapproval of the decision by the association to resort to strike actions.
He emphasized that such actions lead to financial savings for the government.
His stance is clear: “When you go on strike, I save money.”
However, he also outlined his reluctance to pay doctors even if they return, asserting that such matters may be resolved in court.
Wike’s perspective is grounded in pragmatism. He stated, “It’s not about promises but the reality on the ground.”
This viewpoint underscores the need for concrete solutions that address the challenges faced by medical professionals.
The National Association of Resident Doctors has presented a list of demands, including:
2023 Medical Residency Training Fund (MRTF): NARDs seek the prompt payment of the MRTF to support medical education and training.
Consolidated Medical Structure (CONMESS): The association calls for an upward review of the CONMESS to ensure competitive compensation for medical professionals.
Clearing Salary Arrears: NARDs demand the settlement of all outstanding salary arrears owed to its members since 2015.
Hazard Allowances: The association has requested an increase in hazard allowances by state governments and private tertiary health institutions where residency training takes place.
While the threat of strikes hangs in the air, Minister Nyesom Wike’s stance is clear.
He urges medical professionals to consider constructive dialogue and recommendations rather than resorting to strikes.
By doing so, he believes that practical solutions can be found to address the concerns raised by the medical community.