Orders the Lagos chapter to meet with the state government within 2 weeks

The National body of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) has directed all striking doctors to immediately resume work, including the newly recalled Lagos State doctors.

Osahon Enabulele, the National President of the NMA, gave the directive while addressing journalists after an Emergency Delegates’ Meeting (EDM) held in Lagos at the weekend.

Enabulele directed the Lagos State branch of the union to meet with the state government within the next two weeks to sort out outstanding issues.

Such outstanding issues include the withdrawal of sack letters earlier issued to the doctors, and the purported agreements between the two parties.

“The EDM resolved that there should be an unconditional recall by issuance of individual letters of recall to all the 788 illegally sacked doctors, without any punitive measures,” he said.

The state government had earlier sacked the doctors for failing to respond to queries issued to them to defend a strike action they had embarked on.

However, the National body’s directive has overruled the stance earlier taken by the doctors who, following their recall, insisted on getting official letters of recall before resuming their duties.

“We expect the Lagos State government to show good example to others by doing the needful,” Enabulele added.

He also directed the National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) to “suspend its earlier issued ultimatum to the Federal Government, threatening indefinite strike action over the crisis in Lagos State health sector.”

Enabulele however condemned the appointment of locum (contract) doctors by state government, describing it as “casualisation of labour in the medical profession.”

He continued by issuing a stern warning to doctors who took up such appointments, adding that appropriate steps would be taken to sanction them

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