The Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Nyesom Wike, has cautioned doctors against using the threat of a strike as leverage, emphasizing that if they do go on strike, it would actually result in cost savings.
During a meeting with the National Association of Resident Doctors (NARDs) in the FCT, the doctors had expressed their intention to initiate a strike.
Speaking to the medical practitioners in Abuja on Thursday, Wike assured them that they were welcome to provide their recommendations, and the federal government would carefully consider them.
The minister expressed disapproval of the association’s decision to resort to a strike, adding that such action would lead to financial savings.
Nyesom conveyed, “Feel free to make your recommendations, and we will evaluate those that are feasible and those that are not. Please do not use a strike as a means to pressure me because I do not respond positively to such tactics. When you go on strike, it results in cost savings for me. Even if you eventually return to work, I may not pay the backdated amounts; we will have to resolve it in court. My approach is grounded in practicality, not just promises.”
NARD’s demands encompass the payment of the 2023 Medical Residency Training Fund (MRTF), a substantial revision of the consolidated medical structure (CONMESS), and the settlement of all salary arrears owed to its members since 2015.
The association has also requested an increase in hazard allowances from state governments and private tertiary health institutions where any form of residency training takes place.
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