NMA: we won’t accept suspension

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Aug 15th, 2014
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Lagos NMA Secretary Dr. Saheed Babajide said last night that Federal Government’s suspension of resident doctors was unacceptable, illogical and baseless.

The union leader said doctors would not accept it, adding that the residency is the crux of medicine all over the world because it is into training, research and clinical management.

He added: “That is why we have teaching hospitals. When you now close such hospitals, it means there won’t be any research and training. It means we are going 100 years backward.

“The suspension came when we were moving the medical practice forward and developing it by putting in our best. Even the people involved in the treatment of Ebola are resident doctors. They are the volunteers working in IDH.

“The main issue of the residency programme will affect the country because, if there are no resident doctors, there will be no consultants.

“It is a stupid and illogical idea I have never seen in my years of practice. You are sacking more than 14,000 resident doctors at a go and without due process. Don’t you know these doctors are employed through MoU?

“We are not in a military era when you can just issue a circular and sack someone you have a contract with that was supposed to span five or six years. The Lagos State Government tried it and it did not work. So, I do not see this one working. We won’t accept it.

“All Nigerian doctors, not just resident doctors, will never accept it. Even international doctors won’t accept it.” he said.

On the government’s allegation that it had met over 90 per cent of the NMA’s demands, Babajide said it was untrue because both parties were still negotiating.

He said: “They said they would do something within a week, but they did not do it. That shows the kind of government we have. They are liars…”

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