The Lagos State government has said the sacking of the 788 doctors in its employ is not a ploy to decimate the medical profession as being alleged by the Nigeria Medical Association.
The government described its action as an intervention by a “responsible administration” to prevent deaths in its hospital.
The state’s Head of Service, Mr. Adesegun Ogunlewe, stated this in a statement on Saturday.
The NMA members in federal hospitals in Lagos had on Friday embarked on solidarity strike to press home its demand for the recall of their sacked colleagues.
Ogunlewe explained that while the doctors had the right to declare an industrial dispute through a strike, they also had a duty to serve notice on government so that adequate preparations could be made to monitor patients on admission in hospitals.
- Nigerian Eye