LUTH doctors call for uniformity in residency training

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doctors at the University Teaching Hospital (LUTH), Idi-Araba, , on the to ensure uniformity in residency training in all health institutions.

The LUTH branch the , Dr Omojowolo Olubunmi, gave the advice in an interview the News Agency Nigeria (NAN) in .

He warned that the would not hesitate to join in the if the demands the body of the were not met.

“Our parent body, Association of Doctors, has declared a three-day warning starting from today to be followed by an indefinite on July 1, if the issues raised are not attended to.

“Many of the issues raised by our body are also what we have been fighting for locally.

“Now, one of the major problems is the issue of tenure of residency training, guidelines on residency training; that is the number one thing that we are fighting for both at the national and the local levels.

“The has set up an intermediary committee and it came up an interim report.

“But, the process has been so sluggish and we expect this thing to be brought to conclusion immediately so that there be uniformity in residency training in all institutions in Nigeria.“

Olubunmi also appealed to the and other well-meaning Nigerians to intervene for a resolution of the crisis in the nation’s health institutions.

Skeletal services were being rendered at the Accident and Emergency Unit and the Out Patient Department of the hospital, while house officers were seen offering little services at the In Patient section.

The National Association of Doctors (NARD) had on 27, announced that the doctors would begin a three-day warning on June 2.

Its National , Dr Jibril Abdullahi, said at a news conference in Abuja that the doctors’ grievances were based on residency training and re-integration of the doctors into the Integrated and Payroll System (IPPIS).

Other demands include payment of three months’ salary arrears owed doctors in the Federal Medical Centre, Owerri and non-implementation of the Consolidated Medical Salary Structure. (NAN)