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Resident Doctors Threaten Strike Action

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The Nigerian Association of Resident Doctors, NARD, has threatened to embark on a nationwide strike if the Federal Government fails to meet its demands.

A letter signed by the Association’s President, Emeka Orji, disclosed that the processes for the strike would commence if the issues were not addressed before its January 24 to 28 National Executive Council meeting.

NARD had issued an ultimatum to the Federal Government six months ago over lingering  irregularities in the new circular on an upward review of the Medical Residency Training Fund, outstanding payment of the arrears of the new hazard allowance, non-payment of the skipping arrears for 2014, 2015 and 2016, and non-payment of the consequential adjustment of the minimum wage to some of its members.

Salary arrears of its members in state tertiary health institutions running into several months in Abia, Imo, Ondo, Ekiti and Gombe states, non-domestication of the Medical Residency Training Act in most states across the federation.

Written by: Helen Obih

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