Federal doctors in Lagos State have announced plans to begin a strike on Friday, in solidarity with their dismissed colleagues in state-owned hospitals.
The President of the Association of Resident Doctors, Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH) chapter, an affiliate of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA), Adetunji Adenekan, disclosed on Thursday that the planned strike is aimed at challenging the dismissal of 788 doctors by the state government from its service.
Adenekan described the state government’s action as “draconian”, saying it disregarded the rule of law.
He added that the planned strike would show that the action and subsequent breakdown of negotiations between the two parties were unacceptable and should be stopped.
“We will therefore embark on a state-wide solidarity strike action which will commence by 08:00hours on Friday, 18th of May, 2012,” he said.
Adenekan said the action of the State government was “an insult to the doctors, the profession, as well as the patients.”
“By sacking a total of 788 doctors, the state has succeeded in increasing the patients ratio to 50,000 to a doctor. We view this as an injustice, and an injustice to one is an injustice to all,” he said.
He however added that patients already on admission would be attended to and nursed to good health during the course of the strike, but clinics and emergency units would be closed to new patients.
- Daily Times