Doctors at the federal medical centre, Ido Ekiti in Ekiti state have suspended the four months old strike embarked on by the medical centre.
The chairman of the Association of Residence Doctors (ARD), Otutoaja Uzuma disclosed that the step became imperative after they had considered the plight of patients and the good people of Ekiti state, who have been deprived of quality health care in the past four month.
The chairman however revealed that the hospital management board headed by Dr Lawrence Ayodele had not granted any of their demands but just felt it necessary to heed to the calls of the people.
He said the industrial action was suspended based on the level of commitment issued by the chief medical director, Dr Ayodele on how to attend to the association’s demands while negotiation continues.
Zuma said the agreement was to be reviewed after a month and said that no form of intimidation, threat or victimisation of any member of the association will be tolerated for any reason, either related or unrelated to the industrial action.
They also called on the hospital management to restore the deduction and remittances of the associations’ check-up dues that was stopped since July and that the industrial action will automatically commence without any prior congress briefing, if the resolutions were breached.
The members further demanded that the president of the Nigerian Medical Association, Dr Kayode Obembe in collaboration with relevant federal government agencies, should ensure that the hospital’s account is thoroughly audited as soon as possible.
The association thanked the chairman of the council of obas, Oba Samuel Oyebade and other stakeholders for their intervention.
The council of traditional rulers in the state had last Friday held a meeting with Dr Ayodele, and officials of the ARD on how to find a lasting solution to the lingering crisis.
In a related incident on doctors on strike, health workers at the Bola Tinubu health and diagnostic centre in Lagos embarked on a strike to protest their unpaid salaries. They claimed they had not been paid for five months.