NLC wants Federal government to recall sacked doctors

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Aug 19th, 2014
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imageThe Nigerian Labour Congress, NLC, has called on the Federal Government to urgently reinstate all the recently sacked resident doctors.

NLC president, Abdulwaheed Omar stated this in an electronic mail sent to media houses on Monday.

He said that the decision of the government should be reversed in view of the current health challenges currently facing the country, adding that the Federal Government was given a wrong advise to sack the striking doctors.

He said, “The recent mass dismissal of resident doctors in federal hospitals across the country by the Federal Government is ill-advised, and therefore should be re-considered and reversed, given prevailing health challenges.

“What the country needs urgently is recruitment of more health professionals, well equipped public hospitals, and a well-organised health system capable of responding to the health concerns of our growing population and not sacking of any category of health personnel.

“We believe the Federal Government was misadvised and also misled by this action.

“It is clearly unwarranted to sack doctors just as we are collectively faced with the challenges of the Ebola virus. It is even more dangerous to sack medical personnel in a country of over 170 million people with a ratio of one doctor to over 5,000 patients.”

The labour leader also advised the government to audit the public health sector with a view to determining the state of equipment, personnel and funding in the sector.

“The Federal Government needs to carry out an urgent audit of our public health sector to determine the state of the sector in terms of equipment, personnel and funding,” the NLC boss said.

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