FG, resident doctors sign agreement after seven-hour meeting

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The Federal Government has signed a Memorandum Action with the National Association Resident aimed at averting the planned nationwide strike resident billed to commence today.

The agreement was signed at midnight Wednesday, after a seven-hour meeting between the Government side and the leadership NARD at the office the Minister Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige.

The meeting deliberated the raised by the aggrieved in Notice Trade including the non-payment of salaries of some house officers, non-recruitment of house officers, abolishment of the bench fees for doctors undergoing in other hospitals, non-payment of National Minimum Wage and hazard allowances.

Briefing journalists the meeting outcome Thursday morning, Ngige assured that all the things written in the MOA “ be implemented.”

He said, “Twelve hours is a lot of . Everybody be working; Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria be working and hopefully by tomorrow (Friday), you experience the payment as agreed here for the second category of doctors (an overflow of the MDCN quota). We hope it must happen tomorrow and continue.

“So, by the the chairman of the CMDs comes up with final list and harmonise it with MDCN, we won’t have issue anymore this payment or whether some doctors have not been paid.”

With regards to other raised by the doctors at the meeting, Ngige explained that timelines have been put on them, “the reason why we are going to reconvene in one month’s to look at the assignments given, to know who performed and who has not performed.

“And with this MOA, we hope you get to your members to let them understand better that government has moved proactively to address most of the ahead of your coming.”

According to the minister, the government side has arrested the impending industrial of the doctors with the issues in contention being addressed.

He added, “We are happy that you understand. So, I give you assurance that most of the things written here be done. We assist the Federal of Health, Finance and Office of Accountant - of the Federation to make sure that they keep to own side of the bargain.

“The MOA says that you will talk to your people and we hope that when you come to collect your own copy tomorrow, you can tell the nation that you people are not strike-mongers and that you are happy with the decisions taken so far.”

At the meeting were the Permanent Secretary of the Federal of Health, Abdulaziz Mashi, Labour and Employment counterpart, Peter Tarfa, representatives of the OAGF, MDCN and the National Salaries, Wages and Incomes Commission.