Doctors under the auspices of the National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) have begun an indefinite strike over the failure of the federal government to meet their demands.
It was earlier reported that the doctors had suspended its plan to embark on the nationwide strike slated to begin today, September 4, 2017.
The decision to suspend the strike was reached after several hours of meeting between the Minister of Labour and productivity, Chris Ngige and members from the Ministry of Health, as well as officials of the national association of resident doctors (NERD), in Abuja.
Channels Television quoted Ngige as saying on Friday after the meeting that they have suspended the strike and then adjourned to November 2nd, for further deliberation on issues that affects the emoluments and welfare of the resident doctors.
However, in a new twist, the doctors resolved to proceed on the strike after a meeting of its national leadership that ended in the early hours of Monday.
In a brief statement obtained by Vanguard Newspapers, the President of the NARD, Onyebueze John, said, “Rising from our NEC meeting, which started by 7pm yesterday and ended 3am today. NARD has resolved to reject the promissory offer from Government, and proceed on total and indefinite strike action until all items in her demand list for strike action are resolved by Government.”
Some of the demands of the association include the payment of the salary arrears of its members in federal and state health institutions and the upgrade of its members who have met the requisite criteria for promotion.