by Lekan Olanrewaju
Another day another strike threat. This time it’s the doctors who have a bone to pick. Medical doctors working for the Lagos State Government have threatened to embark on a 3-day warning strike from April 11 to April 13 to demand for the implementation of the Consolidated Medical Salary Scale (CONMESS). The Chairman of the guild, Dr Olumuyiwa Odusote spoke at a news conference on Friday, and also mentioned that they were demanding a downward review of “excessive taxation”
“During this period, all services will be withdrawn by our members.” he said. “If by the end of this month, government refuses to implement CONMESS and review tax downwards, we will resume indefinite strike suspended since 2011,”
The Secretary of the Association of Resident Doctors (ARD), Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH), Dr Oluwajimi Shodipo also spoke at the conference, saying that they had previously suspended their strike in the past for the sake of the patients.
“The major reason that strikes are called off was because we did not want our patients to suffer and not because government had refused to heed to our demands.” he said.
“We have a high population in Lagos, and doctors in the state perform more than their counterparts in other states.”
“This is a warning strike. Government can prevent a major strike if it takes action immediately,” he said.
Also speaking at the news conference, Dr Saliu Oseni, former President of the ARD, said: “The government needs to fulfil its own part of the agreement. We do not want our patients to continue to die due to warning strike,” he said.