Resident doctors across the country are set to commence indefinite strike beginning on Monday 7, August 2020, as the government has failed to fulfil its sundry promises pertaining the overall welfare of healthcare workers in the country.
Apart from citing the non-payment of the outstanding salary shortfall of 2014, 2015, 2016, the National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) said the government was insincere in its promise concerning the revised hazard allowance for all health workers, which was supposed to commence in September 2020.
The President of NARD, Dr. Aliyu Sokomba, made this known in a statement on Friday in Abuja.
He said, “The National Executive Council meeting of the Nigerian Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) held virtually on the 2nd of September 2020, to review the 21-day ultimatum issued to government which elapsed 17th of August 2020, observed the insincerity of the government in determining the revised hazard allowance for all health workers, which was supposed to commence in September 2020.
“NEC noted that in spite of the inclusion the residency funding in the revised 2020 budget, the government has not made plan to implement the payment despite several promises by several stakeholders.
“NEC noted the failure of the Federal Government to procure group life insurance and death in service benefits for all health workers.
“NEC noted that an agreement has been reached between the government and stakeholders in the health sector to pay COVID-19 inducement allowance for 6 months (April – September), payment was only commenced for April, May and June in some institutions and the process abandoned.
“NEC observed the insincerity of the government in determining the revised hazard allowance for all health workers, which was supposed to commence in September 2020.