The Lagos state branch of the Nigerian Medical Association has embarked on an indefinite industrial strike action.
The Medical Guild had on March 8 issued a 10-day ultimatum to government to pay all outstanding monies allegedly withheld as a result of previous strikes embarked upon by the doctors.
A statement directing all medical doctors in the employment of state government to commence an indefinite strike from today was issued on Sunday and pasted on the hospitals’ notice boards.
The statement signed by the chairman of the Guild of Doctors, Dr. Biyi Kufo, reads:
“Lagos State Government (LASG) refuses to embrace last minute interventions by NMA National President and Secretary.
“All members (without exclusion) are to proceed on indefinite strike from 8am tomorrow, Monday 16/03/15.
“No clinics, No General Outpatients Department (GOPD) and no elective surgeries. Emergencies/Crritically ill patients only will be attended to.
“The issues in contention include the continued employment of doctors as casual (contract) workers; the non-employment of resident doctors in the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH); and the discriminatory application of the state’s ‘no work, no pay’ policy to members of the Medical Guild in the period between April/May 2012 and September 2014.”