Sokoto State chapter of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA), has embarked on indefinite strike, following the inability of the management of the Usmanu Danfodio University Teaching Hospital (UDUTH) Sokoto, to implement Skipping policy for medical and dental officers.
Addressing journalists in Sokoto Friday, state Chairman of NMA, Dr. Abubakar Panti, said the Association was compelled to resume strike, following the inability of management of UDUTH to reverse its discriminatory treatment meted out to doctors in its employ by not implementing the directives of the Head of Service of the Federation and Minister of Health on December 19, 2013 to implement Skipping for medical and dental officers.
He said that the management of UDUTH had implemented Skipping for all other health workers in the January 2014 salary leaving out doctors only, despite circulars and directives instructing them otherwise.
Also speaking, NMA Secretary in Sokoto, Dr AbdulGafar Jimoh, said the congress unanimously resolved to resume her suspended strike action in UDUTH following the state government’s action
“This prompted an initial 14-day ultimatum and a subsequent strike action which was suspended when management wrote an unreserved apology to the NMA and promised to implement both skipping and relativity for medical and dental officers in its employ in February pay,” Jimoh. He added that it was unfortunate that when the February salary was paid, the promise was not kept by the management. Jimoh asserted that it was consequent upon this that the suspended strike action was resumed by midnight Wednesday.
Chief Medical Director of UDUTH, Dr.Yakubu Ahmed said the national president of the association was meeting with the minister of health toresolve the issue, expressing optimism that the outcome would end the dispute.