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Doctors strike, insensitive, lacks empathy – Lagos Govt

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LAGOS State Government has urged doctors under the umbrella of the Lagos Medical Guild who embarked on a warning strike to return to their duty posts saying their action is insensitive.

  The medical guild on Monday commenced a warning strike on issues bordering on safety of workers, non-payment of allowances, and unceremonious disengagement of doctors, among others.

But reacting to the strike action, the Lagos State Government expressed disappointment that the guild preceded with the strike “despite several discussions with the government.”

According to a Monday statement released by Gbenga Omotosho, the information commissioner, a meeting was held on Sunday between government officials and ‘stakeholders’ to address issues raised by the guild.

“Some of the issues are being attending to,” he said.

Mr Omotosho said the meeting was attended by Akin Abayomi, the Commissioner for Health; Hakeem Muri-Okunola, the Head of Service; Ajibola Ponnle, Commissioner for Establishments, Trainings and Pensions and all permanent secretaries of the aforementioned ministries.

He added that the representatives of the Medical Guild, National Association of Residents Doctors (NARD), LASUTH branch and other relevant stakeholders were at the meeting to deliberate on the issues underlying the strike.

The various issues outlined by the medical guild include: – Shortage of doctors in the State, – Heavy Taxation of Health Workers, – Request for Residential Quarters, – Entry Point Skipping Policy for Doctors, – Hazard Allowance for Health Workers, – COVID19 Insurance Cover, – Medical Residency Programme, – Personal Protection Equipment, – Involvement of the Guild in COVID19 Response Committee amongst others.

The commissioner registered the disappointment of the government at the warning strike embarked upon, saying it is ‘insensitive’.

“It is pertinent to note that the State Government expresses extreme disappointment that the Guild continued with their warning strike despite a series of engagements with the State Government aimed at resolving some of the grievances raised, noting that many issues have already been resolved, whilst unresolved issues are still being deliberated upon.

Efforts to reach Oluwajimi Sodipo, the chairperson of the guild, to confirm the commencement of the strike, were unsuccessful as calls and text messages were not answered.

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