Doctors Threatening To Go On Strike Over Brain Drain, Calling For FG's Intervention
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Doctors Threatening To Go On Strike Over Brain Drain, Calling For FG’s Intervention

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Doctors in Nigeria have issued a two-week ultimatum to the Federal Government to implement a new National Minimum Wage, hazard allowance, and other approved money for their members in an effort to stem the flow of medical talent out of Nigeria.

If the Federal Government does not comply with NARD’s demand within the time range, the organization may resort to industrial action, according to NARD.

In a press release sent to journalists in Lafia on Saturday following the July National Executive Council meeting and Scientific Conference of NARD with the theme “The Quagmire of Medical Workplace Hazards: Defending A Nation Under A Shade of Arrows,” these statements were signed by NARD’s President Dare Ishaya, Secretary General Suleiman Abiodun, and Publicity and Social Secretary Alfa Yusuf.

Part of the statement read: “The NEC has noticed with dismay the unwarranted delay in the new Hazard Allowance for nearly seven months after its approval on December 22, 2021”. As a result, our members who were removed from the 2020 Medical Residency Training Fund are still waiting to get their money.

It was highlighted by the NEC that some of our members have yet to benefit from the subsequent adjustment of the minimum wage following the establishment of a New Minimum Wage in 2019.

In preparation for the 2023 Appropriation bill, the National Economic Council (NEC) advocates for an increase in healthcare funding to the tune of 15% of the budgetary allocation, in accordance with the 2001 Abuja declaration for healthcare financing in Africa and global best practices.

Doctors Threatening To Go On Strike Over Brain Drain, Calling For FG's Intervention, STECHITEGIST

NEC calls on federal government to stop brain drain in the health sector and find ways to eliminate all bureaucratic bottlenecks in the employment and replacement of resident doctors, who leave our institutions daily to seek better pastures.

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NEC will reconvene at the end of the two-week deadline to examine the progress made so far and adopt future decisions for which the nationwide industrial harmony may not be assured,” the document reads.

Additional instructions were issued to all levels of government, including the federal government and all state governments, to take a closer look at the issue.
investigate the current cases of doctors being assaulted and put measures in place to stop the problem in the hopes of preventing future incidents.
happenings.

These doctors urged the Federal Government (FG), the Nigerian Governors Forum, and other interested parties to exert pressure on the leaders of
As the issue of unpaid salaries and benefits in the states’ Tertiary Health Institutions becomes embarrassing, the governors of Imo, Ondo, Ekiti, and Gombe have vowed to pay their employees in those states as soon as possible.

A group of residents at Lafia’s Dalhatu Araf Specialist Hospital expressed gratitude to the state governor, Abdullahi Sule, for approving and beginning the payment of their Medical Residency Training Fund. NARD urged the governor to fulfill his promise of employing the widowed spouse, who died from a workplace hazard, into the State Civil Service as it was done to the two spouses of their other colleagues who died from Lassa Fever last year. It might also interest you to read Shekarau: APC members are leading the charge to remove the president from office

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