Association says the government hasn’t shown readiness to implement CONMESS

Lagos doctors have called on the State government to prevent another crisis in the health sector by resolving all outstanding issues.

In a press statement signed by the Chairman of the Medical Guild, Olumuyiwa Odusote, and made available to Daily Times on Wednesday, the doctors accused government of stifling efforts to resolve the issues that led to their last strike in April 2012.

It will be recalled that the situation escalated into an health crisis that grounded all public hospitals in the state, following the dismissal of the striking doctors by the state government.

The doctors were later recalled, but one of the contending issues which caused the strike, the Consolidated Medical Salary Scale (CONMESS) which the doctors wanted implemented, was left unresolved.

The Guild’s statement read: “Since resumption of medical services in the hospitals, the Lagos State branch of the Nigerian Medical Association, and the Medical Guild have written series of letters to the Lagos State Government requesting for meetings and mechanisms to be put in place to resolve all the outstanding issues that led to and emanated from the recent health sector crisis, including CONMESS.”

“However, till date, the government is yet to invite the NMA or the Medical Guild to any meeting to look into these issues.”

Odusote said they were only told that a committee had been set up to review wage matters of health workers.

“We however do not know the composition of this committee, neither have we received any correspondence from the committee,” he added.

The doctors also accused the government of deducting and withholding salaries for April and May 2012, the period for which the crisis was on.

They called on the public to intervene by prevailing on the government to initiate a process of resolving all outstanding issues “once and for all”.

“…while we on our part will do all that is necessary to preserve industrial peace in the health sector,” the statement read.

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