Appeal to the state government and doctors to resume negotiations

Private medical practitioners in Nigeria have begun moves to resolve the health crisis in Lagos.

The National President of the Association of General and Private Medical Practitioners of Nigeria (AGPMPN), Dr. Anthony Omolola, on Monday, appealed to the Lagos State Government and its sacked doctors to resume negotiations.

He said his association was already looking at ways to bring the two parties together.

Omolola said the current dispute in the state’s health sector was bad for patients and the profession’s image.

“We are ready to sacrifice to bring succour to patients. We are not happy about the current strike and all the attendant problems in Lagos State,” he said.

Omolola appealed to the parties in the crisis to be more committed to resolving the issue.

Consequently, he appealed to all parties in the crisis — the Lagos State Government and the sacked doctors — to see to how the problem on ground will be resolved.

In his reaction, the State Branch Chairman of the Association, Dr. Olayinka Oladosu condemned the use of strike as a bargaining instrument.

“We want Nigerian citizens that need our services to be attended to as a matter of right irrespective of the prevailing circumstances,” he said.

On the other hand, Oladosu appealed to the State Government to re-evaluate its position on the issue in the interest of the

public.

Last week, the state government sacked 788 doctors in its employ, leaving a huge vacuum in the health sector.

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