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Doctors threaten strike again

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OBIORA IFOH, Abuja

Nigeria’s health sector may be falling into deeper waters as barely 24 hours after the Joint Health Sector Unions, JOHESU, suspended its six week old strike, the national association of resident doctors, NARD is threatening to cripple the sector with another industrial action.

NARD says a twenty one day grace, at the expiration of an earlier thirty day ultimatum handed over to the Federal Government to resolve all lingering issues as well as the recalling of its members sacked by the Jos University Teaching Hospital, JUTH, elapsed on Thursday May 31.

President of NARD Ogochukwu Chinaka in a chat with a news media in Abuja on Friday said he cannot guaranttee industrial harmony in the hospitals after its national executive council meeting schedule for June 2, 2018 in Abuja

NARD president said Government has failed to effect the recall of all sacked resident doctors in JUTH to meet up with all outstanding agreement contained in the September 6, 2017, Memorandum of Terms of Settlement reached.

Chinaka explained that the association had exhausted all labour engagement requirements to help solve the problem in JUTH through extensive advocacy channels.Resident Doctors are individuals who under go the Residency Training Programm, where they become Specialised Doctors, to guarantee availability of Specialist Health Services in the country and minimize brain drain.

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