Vow to maintain status quo till they receive letters

Vow to maintain status quo till they receive letters

The recalled Lagos doctors have vowed to maintain the status quo until they receive official letters of reinstatement from the state government.

Speaking to journalists on Friday, the Medical Guild chairman, Edamisan Temiye, the state branch chairman of the Nigerian Medical Association, said the Association had sent a letter to the state government to ask for an official recall to service.

“The doctors were sacked through letters issued to them; some, through DHL. Government should go ahead and write a letter withdrawing their sack,” he said.

“The letters the doctors have in their hands are letters of dismissal. They were not dismissed from work through announcement on the pages of a newspaper or a TV announcement.”

On Thursday, the State governor, Babatunde Fashola, announced the recall of 788 striking doctors earlier dismissed from service for failure to respond to queries issued to them to defend their action.

However, the issue of the ongoing solidarity strike by doctors in federal hospitals in the state is yet to be resolved.

“We shall discuss that at the (NMA) delegates meeting at the weekend,” Temiye said, while responding to questions.

The chairman of the Medical Guild, the umbrella body of the affected doctors, Olumuyiwa Odusote, questioned the term ‘suspended’ which was credited to Fashola while announcing the doctors’ recall.

“It means government can resume the dismissal anytime it feels like,” he said.

However, he added that the doctors were willing to resume their duties once they received letters nullifying their dismissal.

The doctors also asked the government to honour the purported agreement between them, stating that the state government would begin full implementation of an improved salary scale, called CONMESS, by January 2011.

Meanwhile, the State Chapter of the Association of General and Private Medical Practitioners of Nigeria (AGPMPN) has commended the state government for reinstating the sacked doctors.

Their chairman, Olayinka Oladosu, also called for an Health Summit in the state.

“…where all medical professionals including doctors, pharmacists, nurses, laboratory scientists and other stakeholders will sit and chart the way forward for the health sector,” he added.

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