Urge NMA not to compound the issue

Urge NMA not to compound the issueThe Lagos State Government has once more come under fire for dismissing 788 doctors from its service.

The Association of Professional Bodies of Nigeria (APBN), speaking through its President, Segun Ajanlekoko, on Friday described the dismissal as unlawfulandcalled on the State Government to withdraw the sack order and queries issued to the doctors.

Ajanlekoko urged the government to commence the implementation of the Consolidated Medical Salary Structure (CONMESS), which is the rootof the dispute.

However, healso urged the doctors to shift grounds and be ready to forgo the arrears that have accrued from CONMESS since the start of the dispute in 2011.

“The Head of Service should begin the setup of a committee to look into what is workable for the seemingly teeming workforce in the state,” he said, suggesting the establishment of a salary and welfare committee in the state.

Disclosing the body’s readiness to be involved in resolving the crisis, Ajanlekoko urged both parties to be “dispassionate and impartial at resolving the issue”.

“The doctors should be allowed to go back to their duties unconditionally so that meaningful negotiations on the CONMESS can resume in the interest of the public and to curb the anticipated impact on our health care delivery and health services,” he said.

He however, frowned at the ongoing indefinite solidarity strike action embarked upon by the federal doctors in the state.

Ajanlekoko urged the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA), which was responsible for calling the strike, to work at solving the problem rather than contributing to it.

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