by Tolu Orekoya
The wrangling between the Lagos State government and its doctors is almost over. Thank goodness.
The doctors, YNaija learnt on Sunday, are back to work but only treating emergency cases.
The lengthy labour dispute between doctors and the Lagos State government has been on for several months, during which period, the government dismissed 788 of the doctors, hired new doctors, and finally caved in and reinstated the doctors.
While some doctors had received their letters of rehire on June 5, the Medical Guild hopes that all will have received their call letters by Wednesday, June 7, when they plan to resume full services in the state.
From The Guardian:
Chairman of the Medical Guild, Dr. Olumuyiwa Odusote, told The Guardian yesterday: “We have started offering emergency services since yesterday (Sunday). Some of our members have received recall letters but we will not resume full duties until the last person gets the letter. Why? So that we would make sure that nobody is victimised. We don’t want a situation where we will resume work only to find out later that some of our members were not recalled. We hope that by tomorrow afternoon (Tuesday) we all must have received our letters, and by Wednesday morning we all will be fully back on duty.”
Odusote insisted that the current crisis in the Lagos State health sector was caused by the Lagos State government’s consistent failure to implement several agreements it freely entered into with doctors in its employ.
These agreements, he said, include the implementation of a mutually agreed Consolidated Medical Salary Structure (CONMESS) for medical doctors without compression of grade level steps as currently obtainable in the state.
Also, National President Nigerian Medical Association (NMA), Dr. Osahon Enabulele, told The Guardian: “Yes, we have asked them to resume but not without recall letters served individually to all the 788 illegally sacked doctors. We have warned that on no account should any doctor be victimised or punished. In fact if the doctors have the recall letters today they will resume tomorrow.”